I am drawn to the seductive and surreal qualities of nature, especially in relation to culture. I am interested in how we relate to nature, how we try to shape and contain it and its ability to grow wild despite our best attempts to confine it. I use photography to explore how these layers of both wildness and containment develop in the landscape, whether urban, suburban or exurban. This image is from a series called Borderland that I made while living in London. I would spend my days exploring the outer edges of the city in search of green spaces. I rounded a corner one day and came upon this algae-encrusted pond. The otherworldly glow was parted only temporarily by the geese as they paddled through. This was one of my first explorations in the outskirts of London, and the one that got me exploring the urban fringe as a way of making work.
Dana Miller received her MFA from Bard College in 2005 and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996. She had her first solo exhibition in New York at the Jen Bekman Gallery in November 2004. She has been written about in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Leica Fotografie International and Art in America. Her work is held in the corporate collections of VISA New York and The Capital Group. Dana was a recipient of the Camera Club of New York's Residency program for 2006-7 and won the New York Photo Festival Portfolio Review Award in 2009. In 2010 she was selected for the Silverstein Photography Annual at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York. Dana lives and works in Brooklyn.