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Incendiary Traces: Pt. Mugu

Pictures taken in June, 2016 on a hike to Pt. Mugu with Incendiary Traces a project developed by Hillary Mushkin and Jena Lee. From the Incendiary Traces website: "Incendiary Traces is a conceptually driven, collectively generated art and research project that explores the political facets of representing landscape. Incendiary Traces hosts a series of outdoor drawing events in different locations starting in Southern California, from the border between the U.S. and Mexico to San Clemente Island and beyond."

I used the opportunity to test out using a spotting scope rig that I'm figuring out how to use in my photography. For those who care about such things, it's a Celestron C70 Mini Mak Spotting Scope mounted to a Sony a6000 mirrorless body with a bunch of adapters. It's a set-up frequently called "digiscoping" in the birding community but which is technically known as afocal photography.

These photographs are in fact each composites of two photographs taken from the same position at different focus points.

For more on my work with Incendiary Traces, also read my 2015 article for KCET's Artbound, "Machines for Training: Military Performance and Embodied Knowledge". For more digiscoping, see some of my other tests.