Textures of a Watershed
by Callan Field

project STATEMENT

Textures of a Watershed is a series of aerial photographs celebrating the landscapes and forms of the Peel Watershed. Covering over 77,000 square kilometers in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, it is one of the largest and most intact natural areas left in North America.

The photographs defy the conventions of traditional landscape art, removing depth and scale to bring textures and patterns into view. I use a top-down perspective to show relationships we cannot perceive from the ground—demonstrating the ways mathematics govern and reveal itself in the natural world. This methodology requires us to spend time decoding the images and to question what exactly we are seeing.

It is important to know that the Peel Watershed is the traditional territory of four First Nations: the Na-Cho Nyak Dun, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, the Vuntut Gwitchin, and the Tetlit Gwich’in. While this project is not directly about these nations and people, it would not exist without their commitment to this land. As the descendant of settlers, I believe we all have a responsibility to acknowledge and understand the profound stewardship Indigenous people have over the land we now benefit from and that we join them in this essential endeavor.

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