California Grading  (2009-2010) is culled from a larger project,  But first, define the mountain , is from a suite of over twenty images that situate dormant, Southern California construction sites in relation to modernist depictions of the California wilderness. These pictures have been made at various plots that had been left in a state of stagnation; either defunded in recent years, fallen to vacancy, or just put on hold in the months after the economic collapse of 2008 and 2009. At each site, attention is paid to the grading (mounds of earth and gravel generated from the overall leveling of the location) and recorded with a 4x5" view camera. The individual character of each mound, initially built through mechanical processes, and subsequently influenced and rebuilt over time with weather and erosion, becomes a point of observation and of reverence. Each ‘mountain’ was discovered and named accordingly, utilizing similar fractions of ‘logic’ used in the naming of other California landmarks.

California Grading (2009-2010) is culled from a larger project, But first, define the mountain, is from a suite of over twenty images that situate dormant, Southern California construction sites in relation to modernist depictions of the California wilderness. These pictures have been made at various plots that had been left in a state of stagnation; either defunded in recent years, fallen to vacancy, or just put on hold in the months after the economic collapse of 2008 and 2009. At each site, attention is paid to the grading (mounds of earth and gravel generated from the overall leveling of the location) and recorded with a 4x5" view camera. The individual character of each mound, initially built through mechanical processes, and subsequently influenced and rebuilt over time with weather and erosion, becomes a point of observation and of reverence. Each ‘mountain’ was discovered and named accordingly, utilizing similar fractions of ‘logic’ used in the naming of other California landmarks.

Mistryst Butte 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mistryst Butte
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Aorta 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Aorta
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Chaperone 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Chaperone
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Helion 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Helion
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Bickiron Slope 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Bickiron Slope
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Miter Box Mountain 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Miter Box Mountain
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Suture Mountain 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Suture Mountain
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Clavicle Mountain 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Clavicle Mountain
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Not Yet Named 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Not Yet Named
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Widows Peak 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Widows Peak
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Telegraph Range (Sierra Telégrafo) 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Telegraph Range (Sierra Telégrafo)
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Chaperone overlooking Lake Ullage 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Chaperone overlooking Lake Ullage
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Aguirre 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Aguirre
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Pico de Arco (aka Arco Lagona) 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Pico de Arco (aka Arco Lagona)
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Chaperone, with Mount Hellion 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Chaperone, with Mount Hellion
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Chaperone (north face) 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Chaperone (north face)
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Venal Butte 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Venal Butte
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Telegraph Range 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Telegraph Range
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Perfidy (aka Túmulo de La Mesa) 2009/10 Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame

Mount Perfidy (aka Túmulo de La Mesa)
2009/10
Gelatin-silver print on Dibond, with walnut frame