Untitled (Alaskan Pipeline at Atigun Pass) Brooks Range, Alaska, 2003
Landscape photographer Victoria Sambunaris has logged tens of thousands of miles and gone through five cars in her travels across the American landscape. A collection of these photographs is being published this spring by Radius Books in a new book called Taxonomy of a Landscape.
The photographs in the book illustrate how natural and man-made forces shape the land and how these forces coexist. For example: we see freight trains dwarfed by vast swaths of Texas desert, an oil pipeline dwarfed by the Alaskan wilderness. There are images of massive open-pit mineral mines as well as vistas of breathtaking rock formations and geysers in Yellowstone National Park. In one image, the U.S. Mexico border is rendered as a thin black line cutting through otherwise uninterrupted desert. In another, a beautiful lake turns out to be a massive deposit of uranium waste.
Last week I met up with Victoria Sambunaris to talk about her new book, her life on the road and why landscape photographers are more outgoing than portrait photographers.
Untitled (Houses) Wendover, Utah, 2007
Untitled (Copper Mine) Bingham Canyon, Utah, 2002
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