Dana Buhl

Dana Buhl is an innovative photographer who uses the medium to explore differences between what exists and how we perceive it. In addressing this subject matter, Buhl’s meditations present the strange practice and results of “looking” equating the process by which we come to know existing things to her own arbitrary process of image-making. In the latter, Buhl distills symbols into individual photographs re-contextualizing them according to a sequence she chooses. This method exploits the camera’s ability to transform the world into visual artifacts; contrary to expectation each photograph does not portray a single event from a strictly chronological history, but instead one from a set that is constantly in flux. From this emerges a combination of images that effectively share a non-linear narrative posing rhetorical questions and presenting brief revelations ready to advance future archaeology.