210 Feet Below Sea Level

Liz Deschenes American
Mounted by Laumont Studio

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Deschenes’s work probes the nature of photography, challenging assumptions about the medium’s relationship to reality and to visual and spatial perception. This image is from the artist’s series of salt flats, badlands, and canyons, exhibited together in 1999 under the title Below Sea Level—an extended exploration of some of the lowest elevations in the Western Hemisphere. Here, Deschenes shot a primordial expanse of Death Valley from a low angle, leaving a thin strip of blue sky visible above the high horizon line. The picture oscillates between what we know it to be—an arid stretch of barren, aboveground terrain—and what it resembles: an underwater landscape.

210 Feet Below Sea Level, Liz Deschenes (American, born 1966), Chromogenic print

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