About the Photographer
Using an 8x10 large format camera, Peter Cochrane’s The Wild Beasts (2019) series considers the narrow presence of non-straight, white men in the history of photography and particularly in the history of landscape photography. Cochrane is interested in how the camera has been used over time as a tool used for “othering” or studying and cataloging subjects foreign to one’s own skin. Attempting to subvert that history, he turns his lens to reimagine the landscape from an entirely personal, queer perspective. Creating still life arrangements as stand-ins for people in the queer community, Cochrane places cut flower arrangements into a constructed studio space outdoors. The flowers represent the cycles of life and death, capturing nature’s fleeting and vivid beauty onto a negative before its inevitable decay. Additionally, for the artist, placing his pop-up studio space outdoors is a metaphor—with nature representing the phrases commonly used on queerness as “against nature” or “unnatural” and the fabricated studio space representing societal structure or conformity. Peter Cochrane completed his MFA in 2019 from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and is a runner-up of the 2019 Snider Prize.