Raised in the high desert farming community of Aberdeen, Idaho, Boyd Prestidge uses photography as an instrument to elucidate the essence of a site. Seeking often vast environments devoid of human figures, Boyd’s imagery invokes the rich expanse of topographical vistas - in their smell, sound, and plethora of visual details. These works vacillate between depicting the wild frontier and the serenity of home, providing a re-imagined view of the American West.
Prestidge is most interested in using photography to capture the phenomena in an environment – hinting at its surrounding expanse and ambiance. His work is composed in an often off-kilter or surrealistic manner, lending a visceral weightlessness to the cropped visuals. Ranging in tone from black and white to deep saturated blues and oranges, these works locate nature’s marvelous moments of beauty through the translation of the camera’s sight. Each photograph lingers in the unique space where what we see is both awe-inducing and plausible - linking nature with man, and photographic light with the energy of spirit.