California Grading 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.