During the Summer of 2017 I snuck around Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming witnessing artists Matthew Day Jackson and Andy Kincaid erect Observatories - an exhibition of sculpture, video and performance art using the eclipse as metaphor. They, along with Camille Obering, were curating the exhibition as artists-in-residence at the Center. Desperately wanting to be part of the process I started snapping photos before they arrived in the morning and after they left at night. Unknowingly my one-man photo sessions became the lens thru which I processed being in the Path of Totality.
Some photos were quite simple and required minimal set up and simply waiting for the perfect moment of mountain lighting. Others had me hauling around extensive lights and 20ft ladders. Particular structures eluded me and I would spend hours in an around them taking advantage of the art pieces being outside the regular walls and hours of a museum. Was the piece most alive to me in the morning or evening ? Did I enjoy being on top of, underneath, or around it?
Special thanks to Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Matthew Day Jackson, Camille Obering, Andy Kincaid, Carrie Noel, Monte Rosen, Dancers' Workshop, and the artists.
Articles about the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts Project:
New York Observer by Alanna Martinez
Jackson Hole Center for the Arts' description of Observatories