Indianapolis-born and New York City-based photographer Daniel Kukla has always been fascinated by the ecological Edge Effect. After receiving his BSc in evolutionary ecology, biology and evolutionary human anatomy from the University of Toronto, he studied at the International Center of Photography in NYC.
Inspired by how the Edge Effect forms when two contrasting ecosystems are side by side, he was granted an artist’s residency by the United States National Park Service. Kukla then took his easel and mirror to Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California and managed to capture not only stunningly scenic photos, but also a great example of the Edge Effect. His photo project has been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Geographic and many more.
Kukla says: ”I’ve always been fascinated by the natural sciences and this is what drives most of my projects. I approach making images in a very methodical fashion, which is very much the foundation of most scientific pursuits. I spend a large amount of time researching my subject matter before even approaching it with a camera…The sciences are all about asking questions and my art allows me to investigate the world around me.”