Site Unseen

2002-03

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This series was both my first exploration of the digital image as a database-oriented form, and of the role of absence in images. The project was comprised of a series of photo-shoots in which the truth of the captioned image relied more on my placement of the camera than on any visible evidence in the image.

I photographed various points in Manhattan while standing on the highest points of Midwestern counties, taking care with a compass to point in the right direction. (These also ended up as a series with New Catalogue.)

I also shot the State legislative seats of Michigan, portraits of the buried dead, and movie screens from outside the movie theaters.

More research or exercise than project, Site Unseen was simply an exploration of the many extra-visual mechanisms by which photographs claim and verify truth.

Many series comprised this project: two are provided below.

New York City from the Highest Point in Kent County, Michigan

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halfway point on the north side of the brooklyn bridge

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southeast corner of houston and mott streets

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art theory section of the strand bookstore

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northernmost uptown entrance to subway at spring street

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grand concourse, grand central station, first ticket window from left on north side

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oreo cookies on the shelf of the houston deli

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parking space, east side of 21st street at 45th avenue, long island city

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last phone booth on left at the whitney museum, basement level

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elevator to art in general gallery, 79 walker street

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fifth step up from sidewalk, northeast corner, main entrance, metropolitan museum of art

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sixth step up from sidewalk, northeast corner, main entrance, metropolitan museum of art

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first table on the left inside front door, cafe havana, 17 prince street

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seat 206, row d, left side loge, vivian beaumont theater, lincoln center

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highest point of the mary miss sculpture at battery park city

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claude lorrain's sermon on the mount, east gallery, frick collection

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under the old train bridge on north side of west 22nd street and ninth avenue

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just inside the front door, krispy kreme at 265 west 23rd street

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ticket window, film forum, 209 west houston street

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television monitor, video salon, rooftop, dia center, 548 west 22nd street

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window, henry urbach architecture gallery, 526 w 26th room 1019

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second stool from the left, masuya sushi bar, kenmare street

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middle of the crosswalk on 88th street at fifth avenue

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les fleurs de mal, poetry section, st. mark's bookshop

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on the sidewalk in front of b&h photo/video store, 420 ninth avenue

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southeast corner of west broadway and prince streets

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music magazines, newstand nearest bonanza bus ticket desk, port authority bus terminal

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cream and sugar station, starbucks, one battery park plaza

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tail of the south lion, new york public library

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landing between second and third floors, stairwell b, p.s.1

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behind the sales counter at banana republic store, 17th street and 5th avenue

The Dead of Roseland Cemetery, Allendale Michigan

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John H. (1987) and Frances M. ( ) Albers

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Helen (1991) and Marvin ( ) Beukema

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Menno S. (1970) and Elizabeth (1999) Botma

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Ivan M. (1970) and Mabel F. (1993) Dennis

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Douglas C Van Duinen April 29, 1976

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Elon N. Travis, Jr. may 19, 1995

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Ohn Hennip may 21, 1959

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Janet Ann Hogg July 14, 1965

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William ( ) and Evelyn (1969) Hurley

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Joanne Botma 1981

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Jennie Hennip November 26, 1962

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John Ruble July 18, 1959

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Gerald Lantinga July 4, 1973

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Leo Maloney August 5, 1967

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Lucille Wolf April 6, 2001

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Alice Maloney March 6, 1957

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Cleamon (1963) and Pearl (1999) Mcclurken

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Marian L. Ruble July 18, 1959

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Murtaugh Milinda (1956), Muriel (1987), Dorothy (1992), Owen R. (1985)

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Douglas J. (1975) and Florence E. (1977) O'Dell

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Paul Mazurek June 1, 2000