Lewis Lake, WY 2, 2012 (from “Lakes and Reservoirs”)

For his series ‘Lakes and Reservoirs’, Matthew Brandt photographed lakes and reservoirs in the western United States, and then submerges each resulting c-print in water collected from the subject of the photograph. Prints are soaked for days or weeks or even months, and this process impacts the layers of colour that comprise the image. Brandt removes the print once it reaches its desired look, which can range from mostly representational to completely abstract. 

Matthew Brandt is inspired by the landscape photography of the American West and alternative photographic processes developed during the mid-nineteenth century.