The View from the Road / 2008

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  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

  • (detail) The View from the Road, each panel 3 inches tall, overall dimensions variable, oil on mdf, 2008

I think of these paintings as invented travel snapshots, depicting the sorts of interesting and uninteresting things a tourist might see, and possibly photograph. They grew out of the Marco Polo series and my own travel experiences, but were directly inspired by the early color travel photos of Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii, who, in 1909, was sent out by the tsar to photograph the Russian empire. His photos may be viewed online on the Library of Congress website; they range from the artistic, to the personal, to the blandly documentary, and it is interesting to consider what they have in common with travel photos of today.