Amy Stein Domesticated

01In Between

In Between

02Watering Hole

Watering-Hole

03Trasheaters

Trasheaters

04Backyard

Backyard

05Disturbance

Disturbance

06Fast Food

Fast Food

07Grasp

Grasp

08High Grass

High Grass

09Nursery

Nursery

10Hillside

Hillside

11Threat

Threat

12Window

Window

13Return

Return

14Net

Net

15Prize

Prize

16Passage

Passage

17Riverside

Riverside

18Howl

Howl

My photographs serve as modern dioramas of our new natural history. Within these scenes I explore our paradoxical relationship with the “wild” and how our conflicting impulses continue to evolve and alter the behavior of both humans and animals. We at once seek connection with the mystery and freedom of the natural world, yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us and compulsively control the wild within our own nature. Within my work I examine the primal issues of comfort and fear, dependence and determination, submission and dominance that play out in the physical and psychological encounters between man and the natural world. Increasingly, these encounters take place within the artificial ecotones we have constructed that act as both passage and barrier between domestic space and the wild.

The photographs in this series are constructed based on real stories from local newspapers and oral histories of intentional and random interactions between humans and animals. The narratives are set in and around Matamoras, a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania that borders a state forest.

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