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Natural Drainages Outlined by Cultivation, Dry Land Wheat Farming, near Hermiston, Oregon

Natural Drainages Outlined by Cultivation, Dry Land Wheat Farming, near Hermiston, Oregon

1991

Emmet Gowin

(American, 1941-)

Gelatin silver print, toned

Image: 24.5 x 24.3 cm (9 5/8 x 9 9/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.7 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Gift of Friends of Photography 1998.181

Description

Since the 1980s, Gowin has explored the landscape and aerial photography, creating images of military test sites, farmland, battlefields, mining areas, and missile silos in far-flung locations around the world. This striking image presents the interrelationships of form and structure not easily understood from the ground. The broad fields of light and dark, subtly modeled and embellished with meandering lines, have the schematic quality of an ancient cave painting. The sense of elevation and contour of the terrain is enhanced by the remarkable multiple toning done by Gowin during the printing process.

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