LEE SILLIMAN –
BEARS EARS COUNTRY: IN SEARCH OF THE ANCIENT ONES
Like many people, I am fascinated by the extensive and impressive remnants of the ancient Puebloans who formerly inhabited the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. Their civilization flourished in this harsh landscape for nearly a millennium before migrating by 1300 A.D. to more habitable locales. Their ingeniously fabricated rock and wooden structures, in concert with ethereal rock art, tantalize and intrigue modern visitors.
My response to these enigmatic ruins is to take to the wilderness pathway in Southeast Utah in order to photograph these remote cliff dwellings with an 8×10 in view camera, via the black and white silver gelatin medium. May my union of art and history honor an ancient people who creatively adapted to an extreme environment. They have my respect.