In some ways I am frustrated with my fort images - there is so
much to work with, and so many different aspects to approach the ruins
from that it is almost inconceivable that I will ever complete working
with them. This is I suppose a positive element, but realizing that a
project can never be truly wrapped up changes one's approach to it.
The image above is titled "Homage to H.R.Geiger", and though
there are no biological elements to the image the moment I saw it
through the camera, I knew what the title would be. The source of the image
is a WWI gun, still in its emplacement. Prior to this year I
pointedly avoided including the few remaining guns in my images, the
obvious reminder of the purpose of the forts clashed with my
understanding of the sites as they are now.
The remainder of the
afternoon was spent working my way about 300 feet from where I started -
a very contemplative, introspective day of photographing. In some ways
this was one of the best sessions I've ever done in a fort, having both
the time and frame of mind necessary to reveal what I sought. The
clarity of the H.R.Geiger image was in my mind the rest of the day, and I
couldn't have been more pleased with its translation onto film.