~ From ~
The New York Times, Sunday Review, EXPOSURES, December 1, 2013
by The Boulevardiers Founder & Publisher
~ Photographer KIM STEELE ~
Form and function has always fascinated me. Turning structure into form has been my goal for almost forty years. Fascinated by architecture, as well as industry, I am ever drawn to capture their form and convert them to shapes bespeaking their power and strength. I thoroughly enjoy being in these ‘spaces’ like feeling the magnitude of a dam looming over me, or the crackling of electricity everywhere about me. The locations are intoxicating. When trying to convert an inanimate object, a laser exciter, to portend it’s meaning, like fusion, then I feel alive. This has occurred with aircraft, shipping, steel, nuclear, atomic, accelerators, space and satellite. Power and muscularity also draws me to these locations; embodying an American Dream.
To photograph this new technology using film, with my ancient Hasselblad camera, was very exciting; using old film and print medium parallels the materials that I have been shooting for thirty years – metal in its various forms. And with this new technology, it provides a rich contrast since there is so much digital data in our current world. The silver in the film process echoes these same materials. Prophetically, Hasselblad just discontinued the 503 series film camera (mine). I can feel the organic quality of film versus digital photographs, and over the years have learned to understand its unique properties within various types of film.
The same form resides in the twenty-first century that I had explored in the last century but absent the steel mills and coal trains. This century differs from the last in terms of ‘American Might’. America ruled almost every area of industry – steel, aviation, shipbuilding even the expansiveness of social media…but now our direction, seen in these photographs, is revolutionary technology. Seen here are a machine the size of a 737 that zaps cancerous tumors; a robot that assists disabled people to walk and lead a more normal life; unmanned drones or our astrophysicists, who visit CERN, drive to find the origins of the universe and it’s most fundamental elements. Ironically, these monstrous new machines are focused on very small particles, but their scale and significance is revealed in these images.
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