The August 2016 Print of the Month is available for $150 until September 1

Near Hanksville, 2016. 8x10 Gelatin Silver Contact Print available here

Near Hanksville, 2016. 8x10 Gelatin Silver Contact Print available here

There is a language to the land, with each region speaking its own dialect. The voice one hears while visiting the southern coastal region of Oregon differs greatly from that heard when exploring the painted canyon near the Salton Sea, which in turn differs from what is heard when trudging through the hills and canyons of old growth Redwoods. I was reminded of these differences in tone and timbre on a recent visit to Utah.

It would be easy to pigeonhole Utah into the images commonly seen in calendars and coffee table books: arches and canyons; sunrises and sunsets; or in texts by Edward Abbey, but that would be a mistake. There is so much more. As I drove throughout the area of Hanksville, along both highways and dirt roads, I was struck by the variety that I was presented with. Not just in geologic formations, but in color. There was so much color. I found areas with pigments of leather, eggplant, blood, and old skin, sometimes in layers spread atop each other like pieces of cake ready to be eaten.

This image, “Near Hanksville, 2016”, was taken as I was traveling down the ridge of a mountain  after getting a flat tire. My Ford Focus, after all, isn't meant for off road driving, though I didn’t let that stop me. As I came around a corner I saw the light from the setting sun hitting this rock face, bringing out all of the different striations and mottling. To the left, the stone changed from its tan tone to a red that ran not only along the rock face, but down to the rocks at the bottom of the photograph as well. I was stunned.

“Near Hanksville, 2016” is an 8x10 gelatin silver contact print printed in the traditional darkroom by me to the highest archival standards and then mounted and overmatted with ArtCare mat board. I’m pleased to offer this as my August 2016 Print of the Month. 

 

 

 

 

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