FotoFest 2006

My fascination with these powerful lithic beings brought me into confrontation with their splendid isolation, with their numinous permanence, and with the compelling eloquence of their creature-like, human-like presence. The monoliths stand in harsh and remote landscapes, each of them bearing the markings of time‚ shaping and reshaping their countenances. They stand — massive, silent, and immovably strong-as guardians of the earth. Their message is a promise that the natural earth, of which they are expressive inhabitants, will prevail.

Elaine Ling
Excerpt from her essay in the FOTOFEST2006 Catalogue.



Monoliths: Guardians of The Earth

Monoliths: Guardians of The Earth, depicts portraits of monoliths standing out in harsh and remote landscapes, each of them bearing the elements that are the result of time, shaping and reshaping their countenances. They stand, silent and immovably strong, as guardians of the Earth. Their message is a promise that the natural Earth, of which they are the expressive outcroppings, will prevail.

Seeking the solitude of deserts and the abandoned architectures of ancient cultures, Elaine Ling explores the shifting equilibrium between nature and the man-made. Photographing in the deserts of Namibia, North Africa, Mongolia, India, South America, Australia, and the American Southwest, and in the citadels of Persepolis, Petra, Cappadocia, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, and Great Zimbabwe, she has captured that dialogue. Ling’s recent solo exhibitions include Foto Arte, Brasilia, Brazil; FotoRio, Rio de Janeiro; Britanico, Lima, Peru; Encuentros Abiertos, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bratislava Photofest, Bratislava, Slovakia; Fototage, Mannheim, Germany; and exhibitions at Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia; Houston Center for Photography; Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium; and Prague House of Photography. She has been published in The Polaroid Book, Powerhouse Review, Aperture, Photo Technik Int, and View Camera.

Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Henry Buhl Foundation, New York; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium; Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; and Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark.  Based in Toronto, she has work in the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum, Ryerson University, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa.

Born in Hong Kong, Ling has lived in Canada since the age

Biennale Internazionale Di Fotografia Di Brescia, Stone: East + West, June 8 – September 14, 2006, Brescia, Italy,

Griffin Museum of Photography, Nomadic Mongolia, August 29 – November 12, 2006, Winchester, MA,

National Museum of Natural History, Festival of Mongolia: 800 Years of Nationhood, Smithsonian Institute, Nomadic Mongolia, October 6 – 8,2006, Washington DC,

Zone Zero, Cuba Chronicles, Web Exhibitions, Launch: June 2006,

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