Desert Springs #3A, from "Desert Houses"

Desert Houses series

Desert Springs #3A, from "Desert Houses"

2009

Mark Ruwedel

(American, b. 1954)

Gelatin silver print, gold-toned

Paper: 20.4 x 25.4 cm (8 1/16 x 10 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2010.274

Description

In his photographs, Ruwedel explores the impact of humanity on the American West in both the distant and recent past. In the series Desert Houses, ruins of houses inhabit the arid landscape. Similarly, Ice Age documents traces of human activity on the landscape, from worn footpaths to ancient campsites. These fading records of interaction with the land stand as a testament to both human endeavor and geological process.

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