EDITOR'S NOTE: As of March 2021, we are transitioning to a fully-digital News Photographer magazine after 75 glorious years of having a print magazine. I will be posting stories that would have appeared in print. Look forward to the regular features such as "The Image Deconstructed" by Ross Taylor, "Career & Life Balance" by Autumn Payne, Matt Pearl's "Doing it all, doing it well," book reviews by Stephen Wolgast (below) and much more. Thanks for your support! - Sue Morrow, editor, News Photographer
Travis Fox’s images chronicle bygone visions of future
By Stephen Wolgast
May 2021- An insurrection. A coup in Asia. And that global pandemic. Ready for 2022 yet?
Even journalists need a break from the calamities we cover day in, day out.
Travis Fox rises above it all. In his book “Remains to Be Seen,” what could be a science lesson in how industrial progress reshapes the Earth instead becomes an interpretation of landscapes once people have walked away from building what they expected to be the future.
The photographs are both familiar and inscrutable. With pictures made from a 2-by-4-foot drone with a maximum allowable altitude of 400 feet, you can sometimes see the scale in parking lot stripes and an occasional stand of trees. In many other photos, which offer no obvious structure or bit of nature to clue us in, Fox asks your imagination to fill in the blanks.
An image that appears at first glance to be a microscopic cell or the weirdly colored clouds of a distant planet is neither. But what is it?
Those bold stripes in secondary colors that abut gently shaped swishes in spectral tones: Are they a modern painter’s dreamscape that sold for $1 million at Christie’s? Or an oozing chemical spill?