|Desaster Film Sets (SAF), 2003
Desaster Film Sets (SAF) consists of about 60 photographs taken in October 2003 along the San Andreas Faultline (SAF) using a 8x10 inch large format camera.
The concept was to find places along a subterranean rift being also permanently present in the (sub)consciousness of the people that could serve as a filmset for a Horror or Desaster Movie, given the possibility of something actually happening there, thus providing simultaneously fact and fiction.
The Californian San Andreas Fault is a tectonic dislocation. The earth's crust is fractured into a series of plates that have been moving very slowly over the earth's surface for millions of years. Two of these moving plates meet in western California; the boundary between them is the San Andreas Fault. The Pacific Plate (on the west) moves northwestward relative to the North American Plate (on the east), causing earthquakes along the 800 miles long fault.
In cooperation with geologists of the USGS (United States Geological Society) and rangers on location the fault line was located via GPS, then an 8x10 inch camera was positioned exactly on the determined fault line and the picture taken along the mostly invisible crack.
Desaster Film Sets (SAF) deals predominantly with visual/nonvisual aspects of representation and imagination, with scenic beauty bearing the origins of menace and destruction.
Like a source of envisioned possibilities, a ‘filmset’ for the imagination, the pictures are loaded with the anticipation of what could happen here along the spine of California, projection and phantasy strongly charge the pictures with their predestination of desaster. Constantly being aware that many of the landscapes and buildings will look quite different after the next big earthquake, the obvious timeliness reflects the essential narrative possibilities of photography and film.