Garry Fabian Miller

Valentina Moncada

When he took the Cibachrome photographs in the series “Sections of England: The Sea Horizon,” 1976–77, Garry Fabian Miller used the same type of lens, film, and format for each image. What is more significant, however, is that he shot all the photographs from the same position—the roof of his home, which is located on an estuary of the Severn River. The dramatic variations in these vistas are thus determined by changes in weather and time of day, rather than vantage point—an approach that reflects a Cartesian emphasis on a fixed, panoramic eye.

Fabian Miller’s technical finesse, as well as his decision to work within this narrow set of parameters, permitted him a range of subtle textures in sea and sky. In one image the atmosphere resembles a sandy expanse of desert; in another, the smooth bluish surface of the sea is contrasted with cloud banks superimposed in layers of color. Many of the

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