My work is an attempt to understand our ever-changing relationship to the environment. In this series, I chose to sew threads on my photographs because the act simultaneously destroys and recreates the image. This behavior mirrors the way we are currently reshaping the natural world around us.

The Net. Archival print on Japanese paper with sewn thread © Katie Kalkstein

When I create photographs of the environment around me, I’m made aware of a strange juxtaposition: a conflicting feeling of loss and connectedness. Is our place in the environment one of revitalization, ambivalence, or destruction? How do we influence the cycles in nature as they also impact us?

I believe there are universal stories and conversations across time, space, and perception that connect us all—although sometimes tenuously. Through the process of destroying and creating the final image and layering perceptions of place over time, my work becomes a meditation on—and metaphor for—these thoughts.

—Katie Kalkstein

Anthropocene Mist. Archival print on Japanese paper with sewn thread © Katie Kalkstein

Editors’ Note: Katie Kalkstein is a member of the LensCulture Network, a recent initiative we launched with the idea of offering talented, accomplished photographers a place to showcase their work on a global stage while also giving them a place to share, learn and engage with one another. The LensCulture Network began with a small number of hand-picked members, and we are very excited to watch it grow and evolve.

If you enjoyed this article, you might like one of these previous features: Textural Landscapes, a series by Iris Hutegger that combines embroidery, sculpture, philosophy and photography; Even This Will Pass, Aida Silvestri’s project on the journey from Eritrea to the UK as told through woven maps and photographic portraits; and Tabitha Beresford-Webb’s Improvements, a striking example of multimedia photography that focuses on the environment around us.