Darwin Exhibition in UK and USA
29/06/14Project Darwin represents a body of personal work that photographer Tim Wallace shot whilst in the US last year to record what he found and saw in the town of 'Darwin'. First built in 1877 and was once a thriving town for the miners and their families, now it is all but abandoned and lays deep within the central area of Death Valley with many mysteries surrounding why the townsfolk left and why they left so much behind in their shadow.
The work has been published around the world in various magazines and featured and in August this year Tim will be exhibiting the Darwin personal work both in the UK and the US as his first exhibition of personal work after being approached by a sponsor for the exhibition.
Tim - "Shooting the work in Death Valley was really something that find both relaxing and fascinating, the town itself is hard to find and with it laying so far off the road along a very dusty track with no signs it is a place that is very easy to pass without ever knowing that it ever existed, very much the town that time forgot in many ways. I loved shooting in Darwin with all the amazing items and homes that have literally juts been left behind as they stood many years ago, the rich textures and the amazing light that you get in Death Valley made the project one thats was very inspiring for me creatively as a photographer.
Upon my return to the UK it was soon picked up on by magazines both in Europe and the US and has been featured heavily from quite literally a few weeks after I returned.
A month ago I was approached by a UK sponsor that wanted to help me put together an exhibition of the work to exhibit in both the UK and the US and I guess at first I was a little unsure that it would be of that much interest to people, however since issuing the initial invitations we found that within 2 days we had to start restricting how many more were issued as we have a capacity volume of people for the opening night in August when the exhibition launches in Newcastle, England. The exhibition will run for 6 weeks in the North of England and then it will be relocating to London and form there onward to the US, locations in the US are to be confirmed and as we get our final dates and venues we will be sending that information out across social media and through our site news here.
Its a very exciting project and opening night promises to be quite an event that I am looking forward to enormously.
The work will be available to purchase during the exhibition runs at the venues and also online through a dedicated website that will launch on the exhibitions opening night. Print sales will be limited edition only and restricted in numbers to 20 of each piece of work and will only be available through the exhibition and no where else"
Shooting in Death Valley
I found myself in Death Valley moving through the Valley from South to North. Death Valley has always held a fascination for me in its sheer scale and beauty and this week I shot some 'personal work' there, focusing on a project about the abandoned town of Darwin.
6 miles off the main road quite literally in the middle of absolutely nowhere I came across the town of Darwin sat in the base of the mountains, shrouded in dust and sand and abandoned in the sheer deffening silence that you experience only in places like Death Valley.
Darwin itself is a truly amazing place and I really didn't know what to expect as I pulled onto the dirt track that carried me into this sleepy little abandoned area in the middle of the valley with a reported population today of under 40 even though the sign brags a few more that have since packed up and moved on away from the town…
The town was first established by American explorer Dr Darwin French in 1874 after he discovered silver ore deposits in the mountains, just south of Death Valley but the mining area is now closed off and out of limits to people with many signs warning of the dangers of open mines still being there and potential death traps to those that wander into the area. Just a year later, 700 people were found living in the town where around 20 mines were discovered - the population peaked in 1877 at several thousand people.
In its heyday, Darwin was buzzing with saloon bars, miners, busy general stores and even brothels.