I took this photograph of Aguereberry Point during the soft warm light of the golden hour. The Point, named after Jean Pierre “Pete” Aguereberry, a French émigré who worked at the nearby Eureka mine from 1905 until his passing in 1945, stands 6,433 feet above sea level in the Panamint Range. At the top of the Point, which Aguereberry called “The Grand View,” you can see Badwater Basin. At first blush, the shimmering basin looks as if it’s filled with water. It’s not. The basin, 282 feet below sea level, consists of salt flats. The scene evoked a sense of awe and the sublime. On the one hand, it brought to mind Shakespeare’s famous quote, that "the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory." On the other, Aguereberry Point has an undeniable and timeless majesty.
Steve Bennett is a lens-based visual artist, who resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He began taking photographs more than 50 years ago. Steve’s work has been shown in numerous juried exhibitions sponsored by galleries and art organizations, and it has been on display at major technology, biotech, and financial services companies. His practice includes traditional photographs (street, macro, and landscape) and abstract composites that blend images of infrastructure, technology, and natural elements into art that invites viewers to explore alternate realities. Since his early days in the darkroom, Steve has been in awe of the possibility of capturing scenes and moments that would otherwise have been lost to history.
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