Continuing my research on systems of communication, I have been photographing cell towers disguised as trees. They exemplify our need for the convenience of internet service everywhere, and satisfy our desire for the infrastructure to be hidden. Camouflaged to blend in, they are silent witnesses to our lives. Metadata mining is the collection and trading of our personal data. From the analog source I scan the negatives, making photopolymer plates to print a romantic portrait of each tree. In the Here/Hear series I incorporate letterpress polymer text messages, GPS data, with pressure printing patterns suggesting how our movements and attention are transformed into digital currency.
Photopolymer gravure, letterpress photopolymer on Hahnemuhle and Rives BFK, 15" x 11". Page spreads 8" x 11".