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It's hard not to be intrigued by David Emitt Adams' work 'Conversations with History' at first glance. He has meticulously crafted tintype photographs onto old tin cans he found in the desert. David says he has explored these common photographed locations with the awareness of the photographs that have come before him. This awareness has led him to pay close attention to the traces left behind by others. I'll leave the rest of the talking to David. Here is what he says about his work, 'Conversations with History': "As long as people have been in the American West, they have found its barren desert landscapes to be ideal for dumping garbage and forgetting. I was born in Yuma, Arizona in 1980 and I have never known this landscape without the forgotten debris of urban sprawl. Today, the notion of land untouched by the hand of man is so foreign it might as well be make-believe. The deserts of the West have special significance in the history of photography. By the time I became an adult I began to see that the Arizona desert was far different from the scenery once photographed by Timothy O’Sullivan in the 1860s. I have explored this landscape with an awareness of the photographers who have come before me, and this awareness has led me to pay close attention to the traces left behind by others. I collect discarded cans from the desert floor, some more than four decades old, which have earned a deep reddish-brown, rusty coloration. This rich patina is the evidence of light and time, the two main components inherent in the very nature of photography. For this body of work, I manipulate these found objects through a labor-intensive 19th century photographic process known as wet-plate collodion. I create images on their surfaces that speak to human involvement with this landscape. The results are objects that have history as artifacts and hold images connected to their locations."
Wow, what an amazing project. I had no idea you could print pictures onto old metal scraps. Do you think image quality would suffer because of the rough surface?
that's a really cool idea, the contrast of the landscape literally ON the trash and stuff. the pictures are really haunting.
@hunahuna Probably just a bit, but I think the rustic look it benefits from negates the fact that there is a loss of quality
Well good! @ryantadman I believe that is essentially what the artist is going for. Both the pictures and the scrap metal that it is printed on should remind you of the Old West..
I have never been out west, but when I think of deserts I think of Old Westerns, with tumbleweeds and abandoned stuff. This is a really cool project!