The Lonely Places

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A Study of Nature Taking Back

The Lonely Places is a photographic study of the transition from “Man-Made-Artifact” to “Object-of-Nature” and the artistic forms created in that process.

Nature reclaims anything that man abandons. Alone and unattended, man-made forms begin taking on a “natural” appearance; colors become muted, sharp edges round away, straight lines bend, and the harsh and rigid becomes soft, fragile, and broken.

The Lonely Places has its roots in the High Desert, for nowhere is this process of Nature taking back more apparent than in the desert. One senses the loneliness most acutely in the abandoned desert towns. In these place I find myself asking “Where did they go?" “What happened to their dreams?” And in reflective moments, “Surely am I as fleeting and temporary too?”

All of the work in this project was photographed on large format film (4x5) and hand-printed in my darkroom as contact prints on silver gelatin fiber paper prepared to museum standards.

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