Appreciation towards Jim Sanborn for providing the following description:
commission for the MIT Microbiology Department in Cambridge Mass, I used a very
powerful projector to project an image of a microscopic slide on a white marble disk
on the floor of the entrance to the microbiology building, the slides were
interchangeable and were provided by me and the Lab scientists to reflect the things
they were seeing through their microscopes. The projector cost about $50,000. I could
not afford to buy one for myself so I copied it precisely and made my own using only
their lenses, for a couple thousand dollars. The slides I used were about 12" square.
I had many different grids and patterns made on black film with clear lines. I practiced
long range projections on warehouses near my studio in Washington DC. I also made
small landscape models with trees and rocks and projected slides onto them to test
the angles etc. When I was satisfied with the results I bought a generator, piled all the
equipment into a jeep and headed out west to work. I was very familiar with the areas
and landforms I projected onto because I had been visiting these places for many
years because I found these places inspiring. In 1995 computer generated photographic
imagery was just getting started and I felt that It would be ironic to make images that
appeared computer generated but were not. In fact in order to have made these works
with a computer would have required almost more effort than doing it the way I did "the
hard way". I would drive many miles off-road to a remote site where city and car lights
could not reach. I used a hand held device I made to determine, during the day, how
far away the projector and camera had to be and at what angle as well. That night I set
up the equipment, tested the result and usually had to adjust the angles again before
shooting. This was in the fall, sometimes 15-20 degrees F ,very cold and very windy.
the equipment was heavy 200 lbs on the projector 100 lbs on the generator , a 4×5
camera with 100 lbs of sand bags to keep it from vibrating in the wind, in Ireland because
of the boglands I had to pour concrete footers under the camera tripod. I was at the camera,
my assistant operated the projector, we communicated by CB radio , I would tell her to
turn on the projection and when to turn it off and use a searchlight to illuminate the
landscape if there was no moonlight. I usually shot 8 4×5 images per night, exposures
ranging from 10 to 40 minutes depending on the moon. what you see in the photos is what
it looked like in real life at the site. The images were so strong on one night that it caused
a semi truck traffic jam on interstate 80 in Wyoming , the interstate was 4 miles away
but the truckers thought it was some sort of beam me up scotty moment. After shooting
we would drive all night to get the film developed in Denver to see if it had to be re-shot the
next night, (full moons do not last long) all in all, I got, over a three season period 95,96,97,
22 images that I am happy with. My memories of those nights are very clear and magical,
the sky was amazing, many stars and shooting stars and even a UFO, or at least
something in the sky I could not explain. I was very happy with the resulting images.
Most people though assumed they were computer generated, they missed the point.
I am currently developing a body of work about the global trade in looted antiquities, and
just returned from Cambodia and Angkor Wat where I was studying the problem.
The Topographic Projections (the grid pieces)were inspired by the 19th century US
Government project to map the American West, many photographers were sent out
to photograph the dramatic landscapes. The Grid pieces are linked to GPS mapping
coordinates, and the titles of the works are these coordinates. The Implied Geometry
works use Euclidian geometric forms projected on landforms that seem appropriate
geometrically. The geometric projection images are more or less the original precise
crystalline geometric forms of the landforms before erosion and entropy softened
their shape. The photographs are presented and sold as 30" x 36" and 48" x 60"
inch digital prints.
着它们。目前30" x 36" and 48" x 60"寸的数码打印照片正在销售。