Dispatches from Terra Incognita
Roman cartographers labeled unknown territory as “Terra Incognita.” In this photographic inquiry into the landscape, I find places and situations in the landscape that are often overlooked, but that emotionally resonate with me. These places sometimes feature a surreal human touch on the landscape, like a rock on the shore, covered with seaweed, and iron bars ascending from within. Or a grid constructed of stone, built onto the side of a cliff.
Tonee Harbert is a photographer living in Portland, Maine. His frequent subjects have been people and the landscape of Maine. He’s a documentary and fine art photographer. For his current fine art work he uses a plastic “Diana” camera to capture mysterious and haunting landscapes, and surreal interventions of the human touch on our world.
Harbert has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, and the Maine Community Foundation. He co-authored with Carolyn Chute, a book entitled Elmer Walker: Hermit to Hero. This project was also featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Harbert has contributed to other photography books, including Maine: A Peopled Landscape, and Homeless in America.
Harbert’s photographs have been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Danforth Museum of Art, University of Miami, ICA at Maine College of Art, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. In 2013 he won a New England Emmy award. His work has also been included in two motion pictures: Home Less Home (independent) and Message in a Bottle (Warner Brothers). Harbert received a degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University in 1986.
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