Nich Hance McElroy’s latest photography series, titled ‘The Great Divide,’ brings forth the age-old epistemological conundrum of a tree falling in the forest. If no one’s there to hear it, does it still make a sound? The series observes and documents pristine, untouched spaces. McElroy does his best to capture moments without disturbing them for the purposes of preservation. Indeed, you can almost feel the silence and serenity in each image.
The photos focus on spaces such as fences, horizons, edges and abrupt topographic transitions throughout America. The geographical divisions can be read as figurative, especially considering America’s history of disjuncture.
McElroy ultimately merges elements of philosophy and photography to create a profound, meditative series that reminds us of the world’s vastness.