Last Chance: David Benjamin Sherry's "Astral Desert"
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In his new series of photographs, sand prints and photograms, Sherry pushes traditional photography to a chromatic extreme. His previous photographs stretched the eye into a great expanse of color and landscape. Now, he turns the lens away from the horizon line, forming compositions with the desert’s rough-hewn topography.
Traveling through the National Parks of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and California and carrying traditional medium and large format film cameras, Sherry embraces the deserts infinite repetition to find diversity in its ground. Rendered in radiant monochromes, dirt and rock becomes his subject. In the darkroom, Sherry works rigorously, mixing, pushing and intensifying color (not unlike the way an old master uses oils), to achieve a supernatural saturation of color that is unknown in digital prints.