08-17-2007, 02:44 AM
One of the things I most like about Meatyard is the way he photographs the natural world without sentimentality. Most of the western world is wrapped up in an sickly mix of the Romantic sublime and Disneyfied anthropomorphism. Meatyard was one of the photographers who showed me that there are alternative approaches. Woodlands and forests, for example, are only truly frightening when infested with hostile humans, and to swoon in safely-cocooned terror at the awe-inspiring vistas seems somehow insincere and self-deluding.