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"I work to capture the mysteries inherent in all landscapes. My camera seeks out the quirky undertones: I look for subjects that are less guarded, closer to nature, and still agreeable to the idea of magic.

I lost my hearing at birth. For me, that loss was also gain: a missing sense makes other senses more acute. I developed my vision deliberately and early. I have always sought activities that provide silence and solitude. During my childhood, competitive swimming provided a way to navigate daily complexities of family life and allowed me to cultivate an intensity of focus. To this day, when I photograph, I will turn my aids off to find that space of hyperfocus so I can be fully immersed in the experience.

I invite viewers to come with me on journeys through seemingly ordinary yet complex places. I am interested in finding subjects that have been formed by tumultuous forces and human habitation. When I stand with my cameras, I wonder: how has this place changed, and why? I want the viewer to share these questions, and to wonder about their own place in this evolution. I am drawn toward the paradoxical relationships between indigenous peoples and European settlers as reflected in the lands where they lived and died, and where their presence still abides. I am mindful of the poignancy of absences, and the raw sophistication in the geometries of the built environment. The ghosts of complex histories and uncertain futures wander through my frames.

I want to take viewers out of time, and into their senses; to lie amongst the swirling grasses, smell the sun kissed sage and, to venture on soil of eons past. My images invite you to pause and listen to the winds caressing your ears, recounting stories long since told and now forgotten. I am mindful of the poignancy of absences, and the raw sophistication in the geometries of the built environment. The ghosts of complex histories and uncertain futures wander through my frames."

- Susan Huber

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