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Photography Beyond Technique: Essays from F295 on the Informed Use of Alternative and Historical Photographic Processes by Tom Persinger

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THE ART OF GETTING LOST

Brian Taylor

I was born in Tucson, Arizona, the land of Carlos Castaneda’s magical tales. One need only spend a night alone in the Sonora Desert to discover the truth in these dreamlike experiences. They provide the inspiration for the color gum bichromate landscapes of my series, Places of Magic. I also photographed the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, the Pyramids of Egypt, and the standing stones of Stonehenge in England. Each of these magical places were shaped by ancient hands, so I chose a handmade process to portray them. These hand made prints are my attempt to reveal a glimpse of the invisible essence that one senses when visiting the sites. If successful I’ll be able to share my experiences. ...

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