Colby Caldwell

Untitled 41 from the [ftff] series, 2020
archival pigment print on Hemp paper
6¾" x 12" on paper 11" x 14"
Edition of 16


About 15 years ago, Colby Caldwell saw the future of photography in a flatbed scanner. “In actuality, it is a camera, just in reverse,” Caldwell says. “Typical cameras receive light, but scanners emit light as well.” For years, Caldwell used a scanner in his studio to make highly detailed images of dead birds, spent shotgun shells, and other subjects. Then, in January, Caldwell decided to take the scanner directly to the forest floor, lugging it and a power source in his backpack.