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Down the Rhein

The Rhine River has long been the location of disagreement, conflict, and war. It is also the subject of one of the most expensive photographs ever sold. That photograph, by Andreas Gursky, was formative for me as a younger photographer. It’s a minimal (but heavily retouched) composition that speaks to the imprint we are leaving on the environment.

These dual ideas of conflict were on my mind as I floated and photographed my way from Basel to Amsterdam, past power plants, RV parks, terraced hillsides, and chemical factories.