The huge stone quarries that hide in the landscapes of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky are strange things, monsters of ruggedly carved-out negative space that — when abandoned and filled with water — attract illicit swimmers and divers.
The surreal beauty of the quarries, wet and dry, also attracted Los Angeles photographer Elena Dorfman.
After spending two years on the project and accumulating thousands of images, she has published a spectacular book called Empire Falling. It’s also the name of an exhibit at Phyllis Weston Gallery in O’Bryonville until May 11.
The show’s ten digital color prints make a big impact for numerous reasons. There is the matter of their own size — one is 42-by-97 inches and dominates its wall space. Others are sizeable, too. Then, there is the overall greenness of many — the effect is like finding a lost city inside the deepest, thickest overgrowth.
Empire Falling: New Photographs from Elena Dorfman is on view at Phyllis Weston Gallery in O’Bryonville through May 11. phyllisweston.com or 513-321-5200.