Thirty-six views of a cairn in the Hudson Valley

This is an odyssey partly inspired by Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. These often appeared in series, such as Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji or Hiroshige's "One hundred views of famous places of Edo". In particular I made these works just after I had just seen a set of Hiroshige's prints `Six Views of the Six Jewel Rivers' (Mu tamagawa).

I went out into the countryside north of New York city and took this series of photographs of a single cairn, translated and rebuilt in thirty-six different locations. Each photograph shows the same cairn, but it appears in many different surroundings, and in different configurations to suit the genius loci.

Browse the thumbnails below or click on any image to join the tour through larger images.

You'll notice that there aren't yet thirty-six pictures up there. More shortly....

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