|home :: blog :: archives :: book reviews :: links :: store|
photos and text by
plus an audio
interview with the
The Black Maps project is
comprised of aerial photographs of environmentally impacted landscapes.
These images have as their subject matter the undoing of the natural world
by the wide-scaled intervention of man’s actions. Looking down on
these damaged wastelands, where man’s efforts have eradicated the
natural order, the views through my camera are both spectacular and horrifying.
Although these photographs evidence the devastation before me, they also
transcribe an interior psychic landscape that is profoundly disturbing.
As otherworldly as the images seem, they depict a shattered reality of
our own making.
The most recent chapter of my work is Terminal Mirage.
Inspired by Robert Smithson’s apocalyptic writings on the Great
Salt Lake, I have embarked upon an aerial survey of this surreal and brutal
region, including site of evaporation ponds covering some 40,000 acres
along the eastern and southern shores of the lake, and the blood red color
of the lake itself.
In a thought-provoking 25-minute audio interview for Lens Culture, David Maisel talks about his work. Settle in with a cup of coffee and enjoy.
© Copyright 2005 David Maisel
|© 2005 Lens Culture and individual contributors. All rights reserved.|