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In the hill country of western Connecticut where I've lived for the last twenty-five years, the horizon is largely something you hear about. We know it's out there, a flat line where land and sky intersect. But we don't see it because there's always a hill, usually several hills, in the way. So my fascination with places where the terrain reveals a long, straight horizon. Far from finding such flat land boring, I'm intrigued with the radically altered sense of depth. Where I live, except from the tallest hilltops, nothing you can see is more than half a mile away. In Minnesota half a mile can be the distance from the highway to a farm tractor that looks like a Tinker-Toy. In Nebraska and Iowa the land has a roll to it, not quite so like an enormous dinner table, yet the horizon is omnipresent and startlingly distant. In Wyoming, sometimes the land seems vast and flat even though the view is of cliffs and mountains.
These pictures are the first in a projected "Flat Land Series." I made them in June of 1999. The 7x17 inch format seems made to order for this, though I plan to do some work in the larger and less panoramic 12x20 inch format as well. These first studies are printed in palladium which is distinguished by extremely long tonal scale, smooth and subtle transitions, warm color and rich print surface. CW