Nature Preserve depicts various animal species coexisting peacefully within an imagined paradise. Plants and animals that would never mingle, seamlessly merge in these constructed landscapes. The forests, swamps, water sources, and plants in each image provide a bountiful habitat for the creatures that occupy them. This new world is filled with beauty and abundance, creating a fantasy of what could be if humans choose not to destroy the Earth’s ecosystems.

The digital collages were taken in conservatories, botanic gardens, state parks, zoos, arboretums, and natural history museums. These curated environments contain flora and fauna from all over the world, allowing for the study, cultivation, and protection of the abundant species of our planet. Nature Preserve celebrates the attempt and desire to preserve and engage thoughtfully with the fragile life forms in which we share this Earth.

Artist Bios

  • Alison Carey

    Alison Careyʼs work explores the landscapes of the Earth, Moon, and Ocean; in her studio she constructs landscapes of the ancient past as well as landscapes that may exist in the possible future. Carey has exhibited her work in science and art venues that include solo exhibitions in the USA at the International Museum of Surgical Science, IL, Albuquerque Museum of Natural History & Science, NM, Griffin Museum of Photography, MA; group exhibitions include the National Academy of Sciences, DC, Museum of Contemporary Photography, IL, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Santa Fe, NM, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands, Pingyao Photography Festival, China, and Light Festival Kaunas, Lithuania. Recent group exhibitions include works at the Donggang International Photo Festival 2022, South Korea, and The Big Picture 2023, Denver, CO. Carey has an MFA from the University of New Mexico, and a BFA from School of Visual Arts, NYC. She is currently an Associate Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago where she has been teaching since 2007.


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    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

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Nature Preserve

 archive : 2023

Featuring: Alison Carey

Presented by: Photoville
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