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Earth Changes


David Benjamin Sherry’s large, spiral-bound book Earth Changes shows monochromatic photographs of natural sites throughout the West, from Zion Canyon to Death Valley. He achieves these monochrome images in the darkroom by pushing the cyan, magenta, and yellow filters in specific combinations. Sherry slightly overexposes the negatives to retain the rich detail in the shadows of these landscapes. Landscape photographs of the West cannot help but evoke the historical work of photographers like Ansel Adams, who depicted nature as a spiritual place. Many of these early photographs carried out the goals of Manifest Destiny, showing land in the West as ideal for the taking. Sherry’s work subverts this tradition by taking a new look at these sites, revealing the subjective nature of visual representation.