So I traded some emails with a friend of mine.
And I think he hit the nail on the head.
A couple of weeks ago, I gave a talk about my work at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester.
And when I gave this talk, I talked about a potential project I’ve started, a series of photographs and writings made in my hometown of Denver, CO.
These photographs clearly owe a great deal to Robert Adams and the whole New Topographics movement. (In this picture above, the empty lot in the foreground, each year when I was a kid, we’d go to this lot to buy our Christmas Tree.)
(This is a synagogue, I went to my friend Jonathon’s bar mitzvah here.)
Back in the day, the American government commissioned a number of photographers to go out west and document the landscape for development. And then later, there was another commission, in which about a hundred years later a group of photographers were asked to photograph the exact same views again. The two commissions were then displayed side by side. The project was eventually published as a book called Second View.
In his email, my friend characterized this new project of mine as a rephotographic survey, an attempt to rephotographic my life and experiences in the times of The New West, the times of these seminal photographic works by Robert Adams.
And like I said, he hit the nail on the head. My friend, he got it right.
The pictures in Born in the New West are a different sort of a rephotographic survey.