Daniel Sutherland is an established fine art photographer working in the landscape tradition. Living on Nantucket for the past 25 years has enabled a patient, in-depth survey of an environment so highly regarded that The Nature Conservancy has included the island in its list of Forty Last Great Places. Working with medium and large format cameras has facilitated thoughtful engagement with an ever-changing landscape sculpted by the sea and salt-laden winds, unimpeded by topographical elevation.
Daniel Sutherland’s photographs present fossilized frames of Nantucket Island’s majestic nature. For its visitors it represents a moment in time and for its inhabitants the poetry of a precious and protected place unlike most on the planet. Yet, this aesthetic appeals universally as tableaus of contemplation that are not merely nostalgic, rather contemporary formal representations. Sutherland has been capturing Nantucket for over two decades, his lens in synchronicity with its changing values and reverence to its past.
Through photography—expressing the contemplative nature of the artist’s gaze upon the land and seascapes—we are immersed in fragility and exhilaration when faced with grandeur beyond our intellectual and emotional understanding, speaking to our most basic senses and our humanity. The work engages our collective need to discover forgotten paradises that we are reminded daily are disappearing. The artist’s narrative speaks to an inner voyage that expands outward into hope for the future.