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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Angela Faris Belt

SPE Member since 2012
Member Chapter: Southwest


Vestiges is a visual meditation on humankind's influence on nature. I created the series over several visits to a particular grove of Bristlecone Pine trees in their preferred habitat of rugged Colorado mountain tundra. These Pines, having lived for literally thousands of years, are, at last, dying. Their slow descent is the result of climate change and imported disease. 
I captured the images in 2015-16 with Polaroid Type 665 positive-negative film that expired in 1986. The nature of the expired film--its imperfections and truncated tonal range--juxtaposed with the unique Bristlecone Pine forms, underscores the steadfast value of the past, and a sense of darkness as we move into a future where industry and technology supersede our adopting a balanced place in the natural world.   

Vestiges, 49, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 19, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 26, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 14-15, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 91, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 68, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 71, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 28, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 5, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 24, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 74, Bristlecone Pine

Vestige 87, Bristlecone Pine

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