New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

Anna Collette
Invasive Species
R. Wayne Parsons

When I was a kid kudzu was known as “the vine that ate the South” (I grew up there). Apparently this ravenous plant was not satiated with the South and has moved North, as documented by this exhibition titled “Invasive Species” of photographs by Anna Collette made in the I-95 corridor from New York to Boston.

The eight large color C-prints on display (part of a much larger series) employ a fixed format: in each case the picture frame is filled with leaves to the exclusion of all else –- hardly a patch of sky, never a fence post, telephone pole or road sign, only an occasional tree limb or trunk in evidence. We are shown the kudzu leaves intermingling with those of the native species they are supplanting (you have to be a botanist to sort it all out). If you need proof of nature’s voracious and consuming fecundity, these images provide it. If we are oblivious to the detrimental consequences of this ecological transformation these almost wholly green photos do provide some solace to the drab gray of a cold winter.

There is an unspectacular and restrained beauty in these images. The problem, however, is that any one image hardly differs in impact from that of the others on display. In this case, it appears that in more than one way, less would be more.

Anna Collette
Invasive Species

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