Brooks Nelson Geenen

Brooks Nelson Geenen (b. 1986, Minneapolis, MN) is a photographer currently living and working in Minneapolis, MN. He is presently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Minnesota. His work has been exhibited throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, and is held in private collections across the country. Brooks was the recipient of a 2017 Undergraduate Research grant from the University of Minnesota. His photographs survey the on-going struggle between the natural landscape and the human desire to exploit it, suggesting the symbiotic yet troubled quality of our relationship.

Continuum of Will

These photographs explore the insertion of human will on the American landscape. I am interested in how people interact with the natural world through agricultural, domestic and industrial practices. We are on a continuous course of modifying the landscape as we submit to the exercise of our collective cultural will.

Every exchange we have with the environment changes its form, a progression of small measures, each one playing a role in our ever transient landscape. I am fascinated by the confluence of modern dominance and the American desire for growth and the traces it leaves behind.

To view more of Brooks Nelson Geenen’s work please visit his website.