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.
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?”
All images © Rory Hamovit
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