Vanishing Points, archival pigment prints, 2011-ongoing
In Vanishing Points, I combine extensive research of historical archives, maps and contemporary satellite imagery, as well as direct collaboration with archaeologists, historians and scholars in an effort to locate and photograph significant sites of previous Native American presence. The sites I choose to visit and photograph are literal and metaphorical vanishing points. They are places in the landscape where two lines, or cultures, converge. They are also actual archaeological sites where the sparse evidence of a culture's once vibrant existence has all but disappeared. While visiting these sites, I reflect on the monuments our modern culture will leave behind and what the archaeological evidence of our civilization will reveal about our time on Earth.
Recent controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline project on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, and subsequent protests, has brought new attention to issues regarding the treatment of sacred Native American land and its people. The Vanishing Points project participates in this important conversation, providing a reflection and critique on the historical impacts of Manifest Destiny and the continued subjugation of Native American tribes, while also connecting a mysterious and ancient past with the familiar present.
The Vanishing Points project was recently selected as a Finalist in Photolucida's Critical Mass competition and featured on: Medium's Vantage, NPR's West Virginia Morning, Looking at Appalachia, Humble Arts Foundation, Fototazo, Mossless, Light Leaked, Eyes on the South, Ain't Bad Magazine, Don't Take Pictures and Prism Magazine.
This project is presented with financial assistance from the Colonel Eugene E. Myers Foundation, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.