Box Elder County resides in the northwestern most corner of Utah, a piece of land hemmed in by the desert and the Great Salt Lake, a nondescript locale that hides crucial pieces of American history, wildlife, and art. It’s one of the most fascinating places in the country, both for it’s rugged beauty and for it’s incongruous histories. It’s these histories and the people that have been shaped by them that fascinate me; it’s a wide open landscape with less than 0.05% of the population of America within it, and yet it was the terminus of the first transcontinental railway, a mining hub, and a site of a major artistic intervention. It’s incredible.
I first learned about Box Elder County, Utah, when I became fascinated by the land art of Robert Smithson, specifically his incredible Spiral Jetty. It became a running joke in my own mind that one day I’d travel there just to see it, but as I began researching the county and the state I became intrigued by the amount of history, both social and environmental, that resided there. The project soon became more about Utah and less about Smithson, and more about trying to capture a social history than about documenting a piece of art.
I will be traveling in the United States for just over a month, photographing people, places, objects and events, culminating in an extended stay in Brigham City to fully document Box Elder.
I’m a landscape and site-based photographer working with film, and your contributions will help me with production costs, travel, and accommodation.
Please visit the project’s Kickstarter page for more details and help Gerace make the project happen.