Lightbox Ecology Exhibit by Elijah Goodwin on View

Harrison Public Library on Bruce Avenue, presents a new  exhibit called “Lightbox Ecology” by Elijah Goodwin and begins February 6 until March 4, 2022.


The primary body of this work explores the beauty and crucial ecology of flowering plants along roadsides, trail sides and in agricultural fields through arrangements of flowers and plant pieces on a light box that emphasize ecological associations. These frequently unsung and/or unnoticed plants can provide crucial habitat to pollinators and birds taking advantage of the edges of human-impacted landscapes. While celebrating the beauty of the plant material, each piece also tries to celebrate the ecological whole of the community or the anatomy and functional aspects of particular species or plant groups.


Two subseries, “In-Situ” and “Invasive,” explore the ecology of native plant species in the wild (without disturbing the plant material) and the ecology of invasive species, respectively. Similar to the main series, these images seek to explore themes in ecology while emphasizing the beauty and detail inherent in the plant material.


Overall, the deeper message is one of ecological connection, the importance of human-altered habitats as well as “natural” ones, and an appreciation and reverence for the complex splendor of the natural world.

Elijah Goodwin blends the soul of an artist with the mind and training of a scientist. Born and raised in New England, he currently lives in Tarrytown.  An award-winning photographer, he is also a working scientist, currently working as the Ecology & GIS Manager for Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. He is also the owner/photographer/educator for Whimbrel Nature, his own photography and ecological consulting business. 


Recently, he was honored with the 2021 Lawrence Salley Photography Award through ArtsWestchester, African American Men of Westchester, and the Larry Salley family. His images have been used by organizations including the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Geographic News, among others. You can also follow him on Instagram: @whimbrel_nature and @goodwin_photographer or visit his website: