By Jared Bowen | July 20, 2016 | Culture
Acclaimed photographer Jessie Burke hit the road with his daughter to create art inspired by a higher love.
Jesse Burke is a formidable force in photography. His “Intertidal” series reconciles bombastic notions of masculinity with the more vulnerable sides of men, while his series “Low” examines their inner demons. His work has been published far and wide and collected by several major museums. Time magazine declared him a must-follow photographer on Instagram. But Burke met his match when he hit the road with his five-year-old daughter, Clover, in 2011, when they began a series of road trips together. The photographer, used to having full control over his shoots, suddenly found himself at the whim of his fiercely independent child. Five years of road trip photographs are now on view at the RISD Museum in the aptly titled “Wild & Precious” show, as well as in a companion book of the same name. There are the pictures you might expect a father would take: Clover bathed in sunlight or standing amid the towering evergreens of the Pacific Northwest. Then there are the unexpected ones: Clover seemingly petulant and scowling, curled around a baby raccoon or standing next to a giant dead whale—her young life measured against its mammoth one. The series is a gorgeous testament to the ethereal power of nature. To say nothing of a father-daughter bond—when it’s them against the world. 20 N. Main St., Providence, RI, 401-454-6500.
photography by jesse burke