Natalie Arriola Photography

Between the Lines

Taken over the course of a single day spent near Shaver Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains, this series cuts between images of forest and hills in the bright sun of midday and the moldering interior of a dam control room. Photographed from outside the building through its barred windows, the interiors take on an eerie quality. Reflections layer over reflections in these images, shadows of pine trees creep across walls, the interlaced pattern of the bars hovers ghostlike on the surface, the brilliant warmth of the outside world casts a rusty hue across the room, all serving to acceuntuate the out of time quality of this place. For me this juxtaposition implies a certain clandestine decay. The glory of the sundrenched mountains and forest as stalked by a creeping, ghastly stillness.

A man peers through a barred window into an old dam control room in this contemporary photograph. Contemporary photograph of the dark interior of an old dam control room. A man smoking a cigarette throws his head back playfully in this contemporary art photograph. Contemporary photograph of the eerie interior of a rusty old dam control room. A bright hazey path leads deeper into the forest in this contemporary art photograph.
Strange reflections cast themselves across a moldering industrial room in this contemporary photograph. A man is dwarfed by a vast forested area in this contemporary photograph. Moldering industrial equipment haunts an old dam control room in this contemporary photograph. Hazey purple, pink, and blue skies hover above the hills in this contemporary photograph.