Destination / In Residence

Jordan Sullivan’s Death Valley

The divine nothing, mountains move slow as eternity. Photographer and writer Jordan Sullivan is in constant pursuit of the indescribable – of landscapes you can read, colours without names. California’s Death Valley mountains have long been a place of intense fascination for Sullivan, due to “the time that exists within in them”. He journeyed to the national park to capture these desert landforms, and has included the series in his latest book, Death Valley. The book is was published purposefully unbound, so that “viewers could interact with it, take it apart, even hang the pages on their walls,” says Sullivan.

“Leaving the pages loose also suggests an open ended narrative and references the repetitive, hallucinatory, and elusive feeling of moving through Death Valley,” he explains. “Leaving the book and its elements basically naked, in a sense, mirrors the desert itself and the experience of being there.”