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ERIC Number: ED310450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Landscape Documentary: Unveiling the Face of "Wasteland."
Denton, Craig L.
This paper outlines the process of a photographic landscape documentary project which set out to unveil the face of Utah's West Desert (a 42,000 square-mile, sparsely-populated, broad, rugged land of salt bed "playas" and high mountain ranges) comprising one-third of the state and which hoped to make the West Desert, recently under consideration for various missile, nerve gas, and hazardous waste projects, better known and understood. The first section of the paper surveys the project's purpose, discussing the environmental challenge, including a personal response. Objectives are the focus of the second section, detailing the landscape documentary tradition and six specific objectives for the West Desert documentary. The third section focuses on methodology, first discussing the process of public communication (and its influence on the author's methodology for collecting the portfolio images for eventual public exhibit), and then detailing the mechanics of gathering the images over 3 years, with the first year focused on planning, the second on shooting, and the third on printing, writing, and putting the exhibit together. The fourth section presents interpreted results of the documentary and its exhibit, both public effects and personal ones. A final section discusses further research, to focus on people of the West Desert. An appendix presents the slide presentation script, naming the photographic subjects of 30 slides. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah