Geological history can be read in the western landscape: vertical strata reveal tectonic plates that have pushed upwards to create mountains and horizontal indentations reveal former lake beds. Bleached pulls parallels between these layers of the land itself and the tri-color layers of traditional c-prints, eroded (and thus revealed) when images are dipped in bleach. This process short-circuits the cycle of ultimate deterioration that the photograph will experience: even when preserved, a typical C-print has a lifespan of just a hundred years, shifting and changing just as the geological landscape does over the course of its own history. Likewise, these prints will continue to fade until they are completely obscured.
Mountain and Brush
Mountains with Pass