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Photographer Dan Wetmore grew up in Pittsburgh and, as a child, often passed the “giant dark carcasses” of closed heavy industry plants. His work now deals with post-industrial landscapes, “at the juncture of romanticism and current social and economic conditions”.

The image of roses, above, was taken in Stratton, Ohio. Wetmore says: “The beauty of the roses caught my eye, and I knew there were enough to fill a frame …Stereotypically, the landscape is bleak, yet there are unexpected moments of brilliant nature and beauty.”

Wetmore won this year’s Light Work Grant in Photography, a scheme established in 1975 that supports emerging artists by providing them with $2,000, an exhibition at Light Work gallery, and their images published in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual. Trevor Clements and Sebastian Collett, whose photographs are included in the FT’s slideshow, were also awarded the grant and their work is on display alongside Wetmore’s ‘Jubilee Kitchen’.

Wetmore’s work is on display from Monday at Light Work gallery in Syracuse, New York.

‘2014 Light Work Grants’, August 18-December 17 at Light Work Hallway Gallery, lightwork.org

Slideshow photographs: Dan Wetmore; Trevor Clement; Sebastian Collett

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