Blackhawk, CO
pop. 118

24x16 in
Editions of 10
Digital C Prints

Blackhawk is located along the north fork of Clear Creek and Gregory Gulch. In May 1859 the discovery of gold in Gregory Gulch by its namesake, John H. Gregory, brought thousands of prospectors and miners into the area, combing the hills for more gold veins. Mining 'boomed' for a few years, but then declined in the mid-1860s as the miners exhausted the shallow parts of the veins that contained free gold, and found that their amalgamation mills could not recover gold from the deeper sulfide ores.

While these images document the actual, the explosions are staged. An exploration of ideas of risk, beauty, celebration, terror and the sublime. A sulfur explosion is quite temporary and part of the cinematic vocabulary of special effects. This makes for an unpredictable, colorful, dramatic, and multi-layered imaging material. These images are an interrogation of a material of importance to this locale, and an investigation into the differences between the live experience of viewing fireworks and the two-dimensional representation of it as an aesthetic event.