David Torcoletti Statement
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Artist Statement
This work is a trilogy consisting of photographs made in three different locations: a 14 mile stretch of Route 199 in upstate New York; the entire length of the Connecticut River, from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound; and a 75 mile length of the Boston and Maine railway as it goes through western Massachusetts and Vermont.

I have always been interested in the seams of the world, the places where edges meet and meaning overlaps. My work in this series investigates the physical and psychological textures of these seams, from the way buildings, bridges, and landforms meet the river, to the ways that the river itself reflects light and creates movement. I find the way natural landscape is forced to adapt to the intrusion of a road or rail line is inspiring both in simple fact, and as metaphor.

I most often employ a straightforward stare to confront the facts of a particular landscape. My compositions are deliberately simple, more like a child’s five-piece puzzle than a puzzle with a thousand-pieces of complexity. I am interested in what the landscape in front of my camera does or did, in the lives that were lived on and around these travelways, and in the response of the natural and civilized world to their presence. In addition to other non-landscape photographic work, I am currently involved in a similar investigation of Boston's South Shore.


Process Statement
This work was made using a Deardorff view camera with 4 x 5 and 5 x 7 backs, using Rodenstock and Kowa lenses. the film was Kodak Tri-X Pan, and was processed in either Kodak D-76 or Kodak HC-110, dilution B. The prints were made on either Oriental Seagull or Ilford Multigrade FB double weight glossy paper, processed to archival standards.