New Work — Remote Sensing 2008-2012

Bushveld Complex, South Africa

Bushveld Igneous Complex, South Africa, an area responsible for the majority of the worlds platinum supply which is now in much higher demand from the industrialization of China, India and other developing countries

I just updated my website with recent prints from a series I have been working with on and off for the past four years, which I first posted about two years ago in response to Gursky’s Oceans series.

This body of work evolved as an extension of my conventional photographic work looking at man’s relationship with the environment and landscape. While I continue to work in the mode of direct connection and interaction with the world through the camera, this series uses appropriated satellite and high-altitude aerial images from Google Earth as source material for making high-resolution files images that I digitally manipulate and then print in platinum-palladium. I chose the platinum-palladium process primarily for the rich depth of its beautiful, warm tonal scale, and its unsurpassed stability and archival properties. In these photographs, beauty and permanence stand in juxtaposition to the impermanence of the purely digital source material, the nature of the subject, and the changing world itself.

Trinity Test Site

Trinity, the site of the United States’ first atomic bomb test in 1945.

Yucca Mountain, Nevada

Yucca Mountain, Nevada, the proposed site for the long-long term storage of the nations nuclear waste from spent fuel and other radioactive material.

Black Thunder Thermal Coal Mine, Wyoming

Black Thunder Thermal Coal Mine, Wyoming, formerly the world’s largest open pit coal mine, which has produced more than 2 billions tonnes of coal since it opened in 1977

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About Richard Boutwell

I am an emerging photographer originally from the Hi-Desert of Southern California, and relocated to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 2002 for an intensive apprenticeship with the photographers Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee. I now live in Philadelphia, and concentrate on my own projects and writing.
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