Nine photographers from three countries each contributed three images for "Triangulate," the latest exhibition at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, on display through August 12.
"This idea of triangulation,” explained co-curator Nathan Beard, “it's a term from surveying where you are taking three known reference points around you to locate your own position."
The reference points for this exhibition are across three continents -- in North America, Europe and Asia -- and the survey term 'triangulate' moves from math to metaphor to ask two seemingly simple questions.
Where are we in this contemporary world, and are we closer together than the miles between us?
"Beyond our relationship to land, we are talking about our relationship to home," said Beard.
The Ram, The Sheep, The Goat
"This was actually taken in Iceland," said Beard, pointing to a picture of a ram in a green valley: majestic, looking into the camera with a clutch of off white tipped grasses perfectly framing his body, perfectly matching the color of his long coat.
American photographer R.J. Kern took the ram photo, entitled “Mr. Hofsos, Skagafjardarsysla, Iceland,” in 2014 on a trip exploring the "homes" of his people.
"His wife's family is from Norway and his is from Ireland and Germany," explained Beard.
In contrast, Minnesota show sheep that did not win their county fair competition are featured with their stoic young owners in Kern’s “Bryce with Freaky Freddie and Nathan with Skittles, Isanti County Fair, Minnesota, 2016.”
A shot of a goat munching on trees in Chinese photographer's Shi Yangkun’s childhood hometown, seen in an untitled photograph from his 2016 Solasaligia Series, completes an intriguing trio of images.
The ram, the sheep the goat all live off their land in this world, just like mankind.
"Eventually I think we'll have populated the world so much that the globe will finally be all of our home," said Beard, laughing.