Feb 23, 2011

Australian Pines, Fort DeSoto, Florida

Australian Pines, Fort DeSoto, Florida


John Pfahl

(American, 1939–2020)

Dye transfer print

Image: 9.3 x 25.5 cm (3 11/16 x 10 1/16 in.); Paper: 25.3 x 30.3 cm (9 15/16 x 11 15/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

John Cook Memorial Fund 2010.270



Although the shimmering band on the trees may at first look like a later addition to the image, Pfahl manipulated not the photograph but the landscape itself by wrapping silver foil around the tree trunks at precisely the height of the ocean in the background. This carefully placed alteration transforms an inviting, postcard-like beach scene into a perceptual puzzle that challenges reality and illusion.

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