Dry Wash, West Slope Tehachapi Foothills, California
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© Estate of William A. Garnett

William A. Garnett
American, 1951
Gelatin silver print
15 x 20 7/8 in.

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Height--aeronautical altitude--is like sudden wealth. It buys detachment and new perspective, with some beautiful lies thrown into the bargain. Solo flight in a small plane is an excellent way of leaving behind one's lesser thoughts and one's smaller ideas. A dreary stretch of fallow farmland, from the air; a chill and brutish mile of city slum, from a plane window: in a grand sweep, these become positively magnificent sights.

--Walker Evans