This photograph belongs to the series, 'Absolute Powers / ex nihilo.' These photographs dive deeper into the taboo and controversial topic of money by showcasing an array of intriguing real-world historic and contemporary objects (some worthless, others immensely valuable), while examining how societies perceive, express, and destroy value.
Many moons ago my dream was to become an astronomer, an endless fascination with space. This starry, cosmos-like scene comprises 20.39 grams of gold dust panned during the mid 19th-century California Gold Rush. The dust originated from the famous 1857 sinking of the SS Central America, the 'Ship of Gold', discovered on the ocean floor in the 1990s. The wooden sidewheel steamer ship was packed with families carrying tons of newly-prospected gold (including this dust stored in satchels), waiting to be melted down and cashed in for life-changing gains. On its return voyage, the vessel was caught in a severe hurricane 200-miles off the coast of the Carolinas, few survived.
Absolute Power series

58.4 × 76.2, Edition 1 + 2AP, Contact for price;
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127 × 170.2, Edition 1 + 1AP, Contact for price

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