ADVENTURE BOUND!

August 22, 2014  •  3 Comments

CARBON MIGRATIONS

In Transit - FTE to BRC (El Calafate to Bariloche - Patagonia Argentina) - 2006ARMCHAIR IN THE SKYFor as long as I can remember, I’ve been enthralled by the everyday surrealism of modern air travel. Inspired by a vernacular image from the early days of commercial aviation, I was struck not only by the marvel of aerial views, but also by the presence of the wing, a riveted mass of inevitably obsolete machinery that renders these images evocative and anachronistic. Wherever I go, I always secure a seat behind the wing, and delight in the casual miracle of speeding across the heavens.

I have been collecting photos for this series for over 20 years using various cameras, both film and digital. The images do not take their final form until they have been interpreted as photographic prints, a process I began in June of 2016. While I'm generally considered a "desert photographer," I approach this work as an extension of my landscape practice that examines the interaction of humans with the environment.

In Transit - FTE to BRC (El Calafate to Bariloche - Patagonia, Argentina) - 2006

First printed: 2016

High and Dry (3-Person Show) - Curated by Delia Cabral - FAB-Gallery - Santa Monica, CA - 2016
Flight Patterns - Art Share LA - Los Angeles, CA - 2016

 

I'm traveling to the SERENGETI this weekend to join 'Spacetime' photographer Jay Mark Johnson on a project to document the Great Migration across the Maasai Mara.

 

Jay Mark Johnson - Claudio, Stella E Farfalla - Cetona, Italy 2007Jay Mark Johnson - Claudio, Stella E Farfalla - Cetona, Italy 2007

 

Seeing wildebeests, great cats and crocodiles will be breathtaking, no doubt, but I'm particularly intrigued to witness JMJ's 'collapsed timeline' process which creates space-time images unlike any you are likely to have seen. The fixed-position, slit-scan camera registers continuous vertical slivers of a scene, recording vast landscapes over a period of time. Collaborators include writer Shana Nys Dambrot and videographer Broatch Berry, with editor Beth Gallagher assembling our output back home. Check out the facebook page for daily posts, sneak peaks, and exotic updates on our progress.

TOP:  In Transit - El Calafate to San Carlos de Bariloche (Patagonia) Argentina - 2006 - from ARMCHAIR IN THE SKY
ABOVE:  Jay Mark Johnson - claudio, stella e farfalla - Cetona, Italy - 2007

 

I'll of course be documenting the people and landscapes we encounter along the way. If you're interested in what an editorial photographer might pack for a 10-day assignment to Africa, check out what I took to Equatorial Guinea in December 2011, along with some never-seen photos from the trip...

 

Malabo, Bioko - Eagle Creek

Malabo, Bioko - Eagle Creek

Malabo, Bioko - Eagle Creek

Malabo, Bioko - Eagle Creek

Malabo, Bioko - Leica Bag

Complete two-body digital camera kit with Leica M8 & M9, four lenses & accessories - 2011

​The photos below where intended for publication, but held back for reasons too complicated to explain here.

Malabo, Bioko

Four Boys and Their Handmade Cars - Moka, Equatorial Guinea - 2011Four Boys and Their Handmade Cars - Moka, Equatorial Guinea - 2011

Man Framed in Pick-Up Truck Window - Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea - 2011Man Framed in Pick-Up Truck Window - Malabo, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea - 2011

OTHER IMAGESOTHER IMAGES

Writer David Page "catches up on some reading" aboard an abandoned aircraft outside Malabo International Airport. 

Travel bags & accessories provided by Eagle Creek


 

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Comments

4.Osceola Refetoff
Vickie and Paul - Thank you for your interest and support! Just now seeing your comments, but think my notifications are set properly to see future comments in a timely manner.

Vickie - Wish I'd responded sooner - a pair of Alpen binoculars would have been amazing in Kenya. Look forward to seeing you at the OWAC conference this month in Big Bear! www.alpenoutdoor.com
3.vickie gardner(non-registered)
You are an excellent packer!!! I was in Namibia and forgot the JD! Do I have time to send you Alpen awesome binoculars? xo V
1.Paul Federbush(non-registered)
Jack Daniels and Clif bars - breakfast of champions. Awesome travels and great photos!
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