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Post 21 of 25: “Sleepy Lion”, Colorado, 2012. Turning back to contained water as I’m going to go to a talk on dams and rivers in a few hours. By the time I move to Colorado for a position at MSU, I am quite aware of the politics of water in the west. There are no natural lakes near Denver, but many reservoirs. In the foothills of the Rockies, I follow a path along a fishing stream, to a dam on public land. The sun is long behind the ridge and the tones are simultaneously subtle and spectacular. During the ten minute long exposure, a young girl is calling out to me; we had met earlier on the trail when I showed her how to use my camera. I don’t move because I am trying to be still. Her mother says, I guess she can’t hear us. I can hear the disappointment in the girl’s voice and to this day I feel bad that I couldn’t seem to break out of my frozen stance and call something back to her.
(As I’m formalizing a multi-year project working on public land, I reflect back on “These Grand Places”, first exhibited in fall 2012, made on 4x5 film, often at dusk or dawn. The current project carries the same name. I’ll post daily for the rest of the month with this older series and then move onto newer images. 30”x40”, pigment print from scanned negative, mounted on dibond, varnished). #thesegrandplaces #photooftheday #4x5 #blackandwhitephotography #filmphotography #largeformat #contemporaryphotography #contemporaryart #hybrid #landscapephotography #landscape #publicland #nationalforest #rooseveltnationalforest #canyon #figureinlandscape #selfportrait #buttonrockdam #dam # reservoir #sleepylion #rockies #colorado #dusk #place #surreal #thedistanceofblue at Button Rock Sleepy Lion Trail