Daniel Sutherland is an established fine art photographer working in the landscape tradition. Living on Nantucket for the past 30 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.
Sutherland delights in the playful boundary between representation and abstraction, often revealing distilled references in otherwise descriptive forms though reduction and simplification of elements found in the environment. Daniel approaches his subject on an intimate scale that invites engagement on a personal level. Large scale prints convey this intimacy with impact. “I strive for a sense of transcendence in the representational; to elucidate unique experiences of time and place, illuminating moments that reveal openings through which one may pass renewed, edified.” The Sea has become an increasingly strong presence in his portfolio. “The ephemeral nature of the oceanic environment is both challenging and an inspiration for me.”
As a beneficiary of Nantucket's exemplary tradition of conservation, Sutherland has forged a long-standing relationship with the Nantucket Conservation Foundation; the island's largest conservation organization. “It has been my pleasure to serve the NCF for the past 3 decades and help them articulate the need for continued vigilance in the critical task of land preservation and management.”
His work has found its way into many collections across the United States and Europe.