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Photograph of a red sky and sea with boats at a distance. A large yellow circle on the top left resembles a sun setting over the ocean. Inside the circle, there is an image of a land mass with industrial buildings.

Analogues: Julie Shafer

California Museum of Photography

April 2, 2022 to September 18, 2022

The effects of human impact on the land are central to Julie Shafer’s work. In the series Wait ‘til You See the Devil’s Punchbowl, Julie Shafer used a 4×5″ field camera to photograph the Louisiana bayou in areas polluted and eroded by fracking and deep oil drilling. Shafer made these images in “redscale,” intentionally loading their film backward so that the red spectrum was especially prevalent in each exposure. This glowing otherworldly colorcast confronts us, and forces us to consider the depths of the contamination and the ways that human intervention has altered the land.



Image: Julie Shafer, Under the Texaco Sun, 2016. Archival inkjet print, ed. 1/3. Courtesy of the artist.