For seven years, Michael Lundgren worked exclusively on his Transfigurations series. He began the work in 2000 as a graduate student at Arizona State University. The project culminated in a monograph published in 2008. From the artist's statement:
Borne from a long-term relationship with the desert, these pictures refer to the heart of these places, not by description, but by metaphor. If I have learned anything from Postmodernism, it is that photographs are not the thing itself. These photographs are a lust for the primitive, for what lies behind personality. They are a search to understand beauty and terror, which are bound to one utter certainty — change.
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