Empire 1979

After the 1978 exhibition BASHO, an exhibition of reductive black and white prints, I embarked on using color film and printing color photographs in my studio darkroom for the first time.  Using Kodacolor 400 and a wide-angle lens, I used the photographs of Stephen Shore and the color pioneer William Eggleston as approaches to understand the medium.  Neither Shore or Eggleston

No. 10, Riverside, California
No. 10, Riverside, California
No. 11, Riverside, California
No. 11, Riverside, California
No. 12, Riverside, California
No. 12, Riverside, California
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No. 13, Riverside, California
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No.15, Riverside, California
No.16, San Bernardino, California
No.16, San Bernardino, California
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No. 17, San Bernardino, California
No.18, Colton, California
No.18, Colton, California
No. 19, Claremont, California
No. 19, Claremont, California
No. 23, Riverside, California
No. 23, Riverside, California
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No.24, Riverside, California
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No. 25, Riverside, California
No. 29, Banning California
No. 29, Banning California
No. 26, Palm Springs, California
No. 26, Palm Springs, California
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No. 27, Palm Springs, California
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No. 28, Palm Springs, California
No. 30, Banning, California
No. 30, Banning, California
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No. 31, Banning, California
No. 32, Beaumont, California
No. 32, Beaumont, California
No. 33, Colton, California
No. 33, Colton, California
No. 34, San Bernardino, California
No. 34, San Bernardino, California
No. 35, Palm Springs, California
No. 35, Palm Springs, California
No. 36, Palm Springs, Calfornia
No. 36, Palm Springs, Calfornia
No. 37, San Bernardino, California
No. 37, San Bernardino, California
No. 38, San Bernardino, California
No. 38, San Bernardino, California
No. 39, Thermal, California
No. 39, Thermal, California
No. 40, Salton Sea, California
No. 40, Salton Sea, California
No. 41, Hwy 18, Crestline, CA
No. 41, Hwy 18, Crestline, CA
No. 42, Riverside, CA
No. 42, Riverside, CA
No. 43, San Bernardino, California
No. 43, San Bernardino, California
No. 44 Palm Springs, CA
No. 44 Palm Springs, CA
No. 45 Palm Springs, CA
No. 45 Palm Springs, CA
No. 46, Rialto, CA
No. 46, Rialto, CA
No. 47, San Bernardino, CAl
No. 47, San Bernardino, CAl
No. 51 Riverside, CA
No. 51 Riverside, CA

photographed California as a primary subject.  Even as a native Californian, I understood that there was a plastic quality about the sub-urban environs of the “Inland Empire,” marked by an area from east Los Angeles County through to east Riverside county, a changed-ness that guaranteed that this environment of cars, buildings and their attendant human touch  would mutate and become unrecognizable in only a few years.  This primary assumption has come true.  Not one place I have photographed within this series retains its original form or color.  A book of these photographs are available from the artist.