I am so excited that Seven Rivers is apart of the July/August Issue of Orion Magazine. Please check out the magazine at your nearest newsstand or bookstore.
I am excited my interview is up in Focal Point Q4.1: Ansley West Rivers. Please follow the link below to read. Thank you Jennifer Schwartz for the opportunity!
I am honored to be selected along with Dorothy O'Connor, Katie Koti, Amelia Morris and Julien Mauve this month's feature by Jennifer Schwartz for Fototazo.
The premise here is simple: to ask a curator, blogger, editor, photographer or other person involved in contemporary photography to select five portfolios of work that they are currently excited about to recommend to the rest of us, placing emphasis - ideally - on work that hasn't seen heavy rotation online. The portfolios are not presented in any sort of order.
The series comes from a belief that the Internet has a tendency to briefly cohere around certain projects and, longer-term, establish its own canon of photographers, distinct and separate from the gallery and museum canons.
While these dynamics have advantages, they also have the expense of promoting a limited number of projects on a large scale, frequently overshadowing other projects equal in quality. This series, then, seeks in particular to look for great photography that counterbalances heavily distributed projects. It also is part of a general interest I have for this site to go behind the limits of my single vision, personal knowledge and time.
Today's guest is Jennifer Schwartz. Her biography follows the post. For previous posts in this series, please see the site links page.
Nataly Castaño helped organize this post.
Please check out my work in the latest Oxford American. Seven Rivers is featured in the Eyes on the South section.
I am honored to be the recipient of the Aperture Award for the 88th Annual International Competition at the Print Center in Philadelphia, PA. Please follow the link below for more information.
Please check out my work featured on the Huffington Post. I am excited that new photographs from my recent trip down the Colorado River are included. Its the first time images of the Colorado River from Lake Havasu to Yuma, Arizona have been shown.
Haunting Pictures of America's Disappearing Rivers
A Photographer’s Evocative Portraits of Rivers in Flux
The art photographer Ansley West Rivers‘s “Seven Rivers” project began after a life-changing 25 days she spent floating the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 2011 — a trip that culminated with her drifting, under a full moon, to Lake Mead. As she recalls, “We had lived surrounded by the canyon walls for three weeks, so the abrupt transition was disorienting. The river we had developed such passion and love for over the last three weeks was now being choked into an eroding construction site. The dignity of the mighty Colorado was lost.”
The trip made Rivers “realize the importance of watersheds as maps,” she says, “for they tell the story of civilization past and present, as well as the landscape.” And it inspired a photography project that investigates the current state of the American river. As Rivers explains, the photographs aren’t intended as documentation, but rather to depict the “unseen changes” that human interference wreaks on each of these waterways. “The constructed images I make on each negative show the possibilities and effects of industry, global warming, agriculture, power, and the unquenchable demand for fresh water,” she says. “Each image depicts the journey each river takes and the struggles bound to every drop of water.”
Please follow this link for the full article: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com//2014/12/04/ansley-west-rivers-photographer/?_r=0
I am honored to win the Atlanta Celebrates Photography's Reviewer's Choice Award for my Seven Rivers Project. Please check out the work on my site. Thank you ACP!
Check out my work at Amarillo College's, Southern Light Gallery in Amarillo, TX. I have 12 pieces up from the Seven Rivers Project. Please check out the write up at:
I recently finished the first of my Altamaha River Maps. The map is a 24 panel piece handprinted using the Van Dyke process. The map is comprised of digital negatives of maps collaged of the area and a hand painting of the river with the Van Dyke chemicals. The complete piece is 52in x 42in.
I recently returned from a trip through the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River in the Yosemite Wilderness. This is my second trip to the Tuolumne for the Seven Rivers Project. This was quite a different experience of the river from Hecth Hetchy Valley, which began my Tuolumne River exploration.
Wenxin Zhang a close friend and artist joined me on the adventure. We backpacked for four days along the river. Though the mountains saw little snow this winter, the river was roaring. This section of the Tuolumne is miles of continuous waterfalls. The power of the river though the canyon is overwhelming both spiritually and physically.
We met writer, Tony Krizan, at White Cascade Falls where we setup camp at the High Sierra Campsite of Glen Aulin. He wrote of the trip and our bear encounter in the Sierra Star. Please follow this link to read his article.
I look forward to my next trip to the Tuolumne. Its been amazing to follow this river from the O’Shaughnessy Dam through Hetch Hetchy Valley and now though the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. The water’s freedom to run through the canyon is powerful to witness. It is rarity today to experience miles of undammed river. My next trip will again see this water harnessed by man but I will always carry these images of the mighty Tuolumne through the Grand Canyon.
Please check out more photographs from the Tuolumne River on my website under the Seven Rivers section.
Please check out Southern Living's Article on 12 Southern Artist to Buy Now! I am so happy to be included with so many amazing artists. Thank you Sally Benedict!
I am so honored to be included in Oxford American's, Eyes on the South series by Jeff Rich. Please check out the piece!
New lunarscape photograph from Centennial Valley, Montana. The moon light lit the mountain in such a beautiful way that the details of trees and vegetation are exposed.
I recently returned from a residency in Centennial Valley, Montana. The residency was through the Environmental Humanities Education Center affiliated with the University of Utah. I was continuing work on my River Project, exploring the utmost source of the Missouri/Mississippi River. Please check out the work on my website under the River Project page.
Below is an image of Odell Creek, one of the many creeks in the Valley that contribute to the Jefferson River. The Jefferson along with the Madison and the Gallatin come together to form the Missouri River.
If you are in Albuquerque, New Mexico June 1- July 13 please check out my work in the show!