Photographer Joshua White’s A Photographic Survey of the American Yard is an intimate and comprehensive documentation of the flora and fauna surrounding White’s North Carolina home. The project frames each delicate subject squarely on a sepia toned background, drawing the focus to its bright detail.
Photographing the plants and small insects found around his home, White says the project reminded him of being a child, fascinated with small details of nature:
My mother tells me I used to lay on my stomach and watch ants in the grass. I also remember catching June bugs off her wild roses in a styrofoam cup. And I remember finding box turtles, and waiting to hear the cicadas come out in the summer, and getting tobacco juice from a grasshopper on my finger, and catching lightning bugs in a pickle jar. My hope is these images make you think on those times, too.
White says the series began as a sort of diversion from his more serious work “dealing with memory and loss,” but says now, “as always seems to be the case, they fit right in.” Consisting of over 400 images, each taken on an iPhone, White says A Photographic Survey of the American Yard is ongoing and updated here, on his Tumblr page.
You can find more of Joshua White’s work on his website.
Images courtesy of Joshua White, used with permission.