"In the last decade, I traveled and photographed extensively throughout the western national forests and national parks. In doing so I revisited famous western landscapes that I had seen in the historic photographs of Carleton Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge, William Henry Jackson, and Ansel Adams. I became interested in these iconic landscapes that were so crucial to our collective understanding of the American West but discovered that many of the locations were deteriorating—affected by human interference. 

 

The pictures I took, which began as an homage to the grand Western landscape photographic legacy, evolved into an opportunity to build upon it. Like my predecessors, I use an 8x10 large-format film camera, which allows for an unrivaled level of detail. However, when printing this series, I’m not interested in depicting the way the subject appears in reality, but rather its potential for emotional resonance between viewer and subject. Color is a conduit for me to make those feelings visible, and to begin a radical, queer new chapter to this colonial, heteronormative history of the medium. In this way I feel I am queering the landscape."

 

— DAVID BENJAMIN SHERRY, 2020

David Benjamin Sherry currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. His work revolves around interests in environmentalism, queer identity and alternative analog film processes.