Hardcover, 13 X 10.25 In. / 156 Pages / 62 Color
List Price: $49.95
“...its true focus might be what the desert unearths about America.”, - Time Lightbox, June 5, 2014
“...in both color and black-and-white photographs, he uses long exposures and quiet images to capture the complicated cycle of life and destruction in a Martian-like terrain.”,
- Hyperallergic, July 3, 2014
Also featured by American Photo Magazine, Best Photobooks of the Year, December 2014
Austin-based photographer Mike Osborne's Floating Island revolves around the border-straddling community of Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, Nevada. Once home to an important World War II aviation training facility, the town is now a gaming destination with five sprawling casinos. In addition to tracing this historical trajectory, Osborne's photographs reflect the fantastical aspects of the surrounding landscape. The book's title, Floating Island, refers to a small mountain located at the heart of the nearby Bonneville Salt Flats. Due to a mirage, the mountain appears to hover perpetually above the horizon line. Drawing on the phenomenon of the mirage--a real illusion--Osborne merges documentary and cinematic approaches to produce photographs that respect the particularities of the site, while also exploring the myths and fantasies that it inspires.