2015 Emerging Photography Contender: Rory Hamovit

For Fortieth Parallel, Massachusetts-based photographer Rory Hamovit follows in the footsteps of Timothy O’Sullivan in documenting the terrain of Nevada, California, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, and Wyoming, renegotiating along the way the manner in which the West has shifted and reconfigured itself within American consciousness. 

Pyramid Lake, Nevada May 2015 (Based on the Timothy O’Sullivan photograph “The Pyramid and Domes, Pyramid Lake, Nevada 1867”)

Pyramid Lake, Nevada May 2015 (Based on the Timothy O’Sullivan photograph “The Pyramid and Domes, Pyramid Lake, Nevada 1867”)

Writes Hamovit in his Artist Statement, “Between 1867 and 1872 the photographer Timothy O'Sullivan joined the Geographical Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel lead by the geologist Clarence King.During the summer of 2015 I set off on a two-week road trip retracing the survey's route. Gone are the frontiersmen, the men who claimed these places for their own and gave them new names. In the Western States there are few feats of strength left, and without the bravado of discovery we are left with the menial tasks of superficial preservation and mouth agape marveling. What are men then when there’s no masculinity to prove? What do we do when to ‘reimagine’ means to settle for second place?” 

Drainage Canal in Reno, Nevada May 2015 (Based on the Timothy O’Sullivan photograph “Vent of Steamboat Springs, Nevada 1867”)

Drainage Canal in Reno, Nevada May 2015 (Based on the Timothy O’Sullivan photograph “Vent of Steamboat Springs, Nevada 1867”)

Homage to the Diamond Hoax of 1872, June 2015

Homage to the Diamond Hoax of 1872, June 2015

All images © Rory Hamovit

Each week, Feature Shoot editors showcase the work of one photographer who has applied to the Emerging Photography Awards in order to highlight the diverse array of applications we receive. This is not an endorsement of the photographer for the award.