The photograph itself isn’t so much a direct reference to particular historical photo so much as a reference to a genre of photos. When I was making this image, I was thinking about one image by Carleton Watkins and two others by Muybridge.
The image – like most of the ones in this collection – was shot with the 8x10 film camera. The film was then scanned, processed, and then printed as a traditional gelatin silver print.
The computer vision algorithms laid over this image include one that looks for faces in the rocks and trees, and others that look for straight lines, circles, and that try to segment the image into different regions -Trevor Paglen
-Circle Hough Transform: circle detector, depicted as white circles -Watershed: basic AI defining regions of an image; depicted as various geometric shapes that loosely conform to a region of the image. -Haar: Facial recognition AI; depicted as white boxes. -Hough Transform: line detector, depicted as white lines. - Maximally Stable Extremal Regions: AI detecting blobs, depicted as white blob-like shapes