Door to Hell. Darvaza Turkmenistan 2009 by Carolyn Drake.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Carolyn Drake
Statement from Carolyn Drake on the back of print
“The enigmatic qualities of photography are a continuing obsession in my work. I made this picture while working on my Two Rivers project in Central Asia. The site is locally known as the ‘Door to Hell’. The 69-meter-wide crater has been burning natural gas since 1971 when Soviet petroleum engineers, concerned about contaminating the air after an excavating accident, tried to burn off the remaining gas by lighting it on fire. The picture doesn’t show any of this, though. The scale of time and space remain a puzzle in the image, pointing to the difficulty of perceiving the scope of human impact on the planet.”
Carolyn Drake works on long term photo-based projects seeking to interrogate dominant historical narratives and create alternative and imaginative interpretations of reality. Her work explores community and the interactions within it, as well as the barriers and connections “between people, between places and between ways of perceiving”.
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