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"Conquest of the Vertical" installation
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Photographs
70'x 10'
2013
Conquest of the Vertical: 300 miles to Eureka!
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Negative
70"x42"
2013
Conquest of the Vertical: 600 miles to Eureka!
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Negative
69"x42"
2013
Conquest of the Vertical: 600 miles to Eureka!
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Negative
68"x42"
2013
Conquest of the Vertical: 600 miles to Eureka!
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Negative
68"x42"
2013
Conquest of the Vertical: 600 miles to Eureka!
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Negative
69"x42"
2013
Conquest of the Vertical: 17 miles to Eureka!
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Negative
66"x42"
2013
Conquest of the Vertical: 17 miles to Eureka!
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Negative
65"x42"
2013
Conquest of the Vertical: 300 miles to Eureka!
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Negative
66"x42"
2013
Conquest of the Vertical: 300 miles to Eureka!
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Negative
84"x42"
2013
Conquest of the Vertical: 600 miles to Eureka!
Silver Gelatin Pinhole Negative
67"x42"
2013

Conquest of the Vertical (2012-2014)

A series of 6’ pinhole negative images of remote Native American lands in California where mining occurred in the 1800’s. Using a similar photographic apparatus and process to that of Carlton Watkins, these photographs, in contrast to Watkin’s Utopian vision, imply devastation to the land and its original inhabitants and serve as evidence of an unknown history. Sand, dust, and snowstorms all affected the chemistry and the surface of the paper, causing scratches, inexplicable blotches on the surface, and photochemistry stains, leaving a mark on the photo, just as mining scarred the land. Interestingly, the mining caused a surplus in silver, making it more affordable and accessible, enabling more experimentation and advances in photography.