The Fortieth Parallel

The line N 40° 00’ 00” roughly bisects the county and runs from the New Jersey shore through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, running along the border of Nebraska and Kansas, then traversing Colorado, Utah, Nevada, ending in Northern California.  I am photographing the view from the intersection of 40th parallel with each whole of degree of longitude across the United States.  This panoramic series unites many of my interests and references several “histories”—my personal history, the history of the mapping of the US and photography’s role within it, and the history of GPS and new locative technologies.  I am fascinated by our human desire to create systems and then locate ourselves within them.


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