I seek to challenge our understanding of the relationship between human development and the natural world by documenting the way we use the land.
As a geologist, when I fly over the high plains of eastern Colorado, I look at the many, overlapping layers and how the land has been modified by a combination of processes, both natural and manmade. The lowest layer, the land itself, has been created over literally millions of years and forms the foundation. Draped on top of that is what mankind has imposed in various ways; activities and structure that are collectively called “progress.” While my main interest is the subtle beauty of the landscape itself, I also like to tease out what man has done with that land, and make the viewer wonder what is going on and why. The images are fundamentally aesthetic, but leave you questioning the subject matter.
I have chosen to concentrate on the Eastern plains of Colorado because their subtle beauty illustrates global tensions on a local scale. They are sparsely populated regions of Colorado that are subject to a diverse mix of land use. Vast expanses are given over to raising crops or grazing cattle, which if not carefully managed can decimate the landscape. The newest layer is the energy business, which until recently had only a small presence in the area. But it has been expanding rapidly, encroaching on or even overlaying the agricultural spaces. It is yet unclear if they can all co-exist and how these changing dynamics will impact the land(scape).
(above photo ©Angie Buckley)
Anderman’s photography can be found in the collection of the Denver Art Museum as well as many private collections across the country. His work has been exhibited at institutions nationally and internationally, including DongGang International Photo Festival/South Korea, Mt Rokko International Photo Festival/Japan, Denver Public Library, Midwest Center for Photography, The Dairy Center for the Arts, The Arvada Center, American Mountaineering Center, Denver International Airport, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, The Arts Student’s League of Denver, Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery, The Colorado State Capitol, Robischon Gallery, Lamont Gallery, Buttonwood Art Space, and in his own gallery in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District.
In November 2013, Anderman was honored for his unique environmental photography with the inaugural Photo District News (PDN) Duggal Image Maker Award.
Anderman currently serves on the Board of Directors of CENTER Santa Fe. Prior to becoming a full-time photographer, Anderman spent decades working as a geologist, and holds a Master’s and a PhD in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a BS in Geological Engineering from Princeton University.