"In this series of gate photographs I was interested in the significant presence of humans in the landscape. I focused on division - here from there, us from them, privileged to enter or not. The more I explored the Moab area looking for gates, the more I discovered things about gates. They have a front and a back. They can be locked or not - or have a lock but not be locked. They are entrances, exits and barriers. They are used and not used. They are openings in the barriers that divide our common inheritance - land."
All images made around Moab, Utah, Spring 2008. The "Barriers To Entry" exhibition of photographs premiered at Moab Art Works gallery in June 2008.
Photographs from Barriers to Entry can be viewed at http://www.moabartworks.com/brianparkin/
16 full-color photographs.
Second Edition © 2009
Brian Parkin is a photographer and owner of Moab Art Works of Utah. After graduating BSc Chemistry from the University of Reading he taught high school sciences in England and Belgium, edited schoolbooks for Oxford University Press, and moved to San Francisco in 1991. He studied at the Academy of Art University graduating MFA in 1996, assisted in commercial studios and on location, and scouted locations where his specialty was California's Mojave desert.
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