End of the Line

End of the Line is a multi-media project addressing memory, entropy and the death of analogue photography via the historical and environmental significance of small town Keeler, California.

The story of Keeler draws uncanny parallels to the death of analogue film and the photographic print. During the early 20th century, Keeler was a thriving community alongside Owen’s Lake at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. However, the demand for water from rapidly growing Hollywood and Los Angeles drained the lake’s waters. Once dry, silver dust was discovered on the lake bottom and sold to film processors like Kodak. Today, Keeler is a modern day ghost town, its resources either extinguished or obsolete.

In its liminal position and extreme geographies, Keeler is metaphor and poetic gesture for the death of analogue photography: Keeler fed the demand of two film industries on opposites sides of the nation for years. Now, as the earth drowns in digital images, the community of Keeler atrophies, buried beneath a silver dust.

Through the rise of affordable and widespread technologies, our lives are populated with an overload of digital images, commonly taken on cell phones and distributed on the internet. Analogue cameras are becoming obsolete and, in a paperless world, the photographic print has been replaced by an assemblage of computerized pixels. Because photos play a fundamental role in memory, the concept of memory is changing with this medium.
The process of the project End of the Line is an accumulation of artifacts that come together to create an experience of Keeler as a story of memory changing as we know it: letter correspondence and artistic collaborations by post between myself and Keeler inhabitants; rubbings of long forgotten plaques (monuments); portraits of people with their personal souvenirs; architectural photographs that mimic those taken in the turn of the century; and objects and drawings created in my studio in Los Angeles.

Red Giants, White Dwarfs, 2014
9:53 minutes
Watch Red Giants, White Dwarfs here.

Brian, 2014
9:13 minutes
Watch Brian here.

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