Field research has long been an important aspect of solidifying academic discovery, and often times a photograph ends up being at least one version of evidence. This need for tangible proof is what makes branches like particle physics so difficult because at some point theory isn't enough, and the physicists must find a way to actually observe and record the phenomenon in action. I set off on a few of my favorite trails with the intent of discovering objects in the natural world whose importance would be bestowed upon them by my ability to alter their visual language in my studio. This is my world of still life photography. I actively seek to photograph things that can be transcended through lighting, and arrangement, to the point where the photograph feels like it is all that needs to remain.
In the case of Unearthed and Exposed, the photograph quite literally is all that remains. The objects that give birth to the forms you will experience in this series will never be found. The highest level of intelligence may identify what has been photographed, but validation will never be possible. You cannot plan a trip to see with your own eyes the objects in these photographs, but you are free to exercise the brains finest ability with regards to their origin and current whereabouts: imagining.
Be sure to check out the full series at https://www.imjoncarroll.com/unearthed-and-exposed.