David King Rowe IV offers an analog look at local vistas that reveal a hint of the uncanny. Big Sur, Morro Bay, and the stretch of highway that connects them are common sites of photographic interest, yet here their familiarity only heightens their strangeness.
Largely shot with black and white film, the series captures native scenes with a kind of foreign sensibility, turning them into meditations on light, space, shadow, and texture. Rowe, in a recent interview, said he hoped to further explore this effect in a series he referred to as “Downfall of the Archetype.” “It takes very simple subject matter, and the perspective, when it’s altered, creates a very almost black hole-esque feel,” he said. “You look at it, and it’s so simple that you start associating it with things. You take a symbol like water, and…you just ream it with the self, whatever you as an individual interpret it as; not a sociological interpretation”.