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Archway Basalt Breccia by Terry Toedtemeier

  • Title: Archway Basalt Breccia
  • Artist: Terry Toedtemeier
  • Medium: Archival Ink jet
  • Size: 13"h x 20"w
  • Creation date: 1992
  • Added to collection: 2010
  • Donor: Gift of Prudence Roberts
  • Campus: Rock Creek
  • Location: B7/2 S Hall gallery rm 236

For nearly four decades, Terry Toedtemeier (1947-2008) trained his camera on the rocks, trees, deserts and coastline of the Pacific Northwest. His images celebrate the beauty of a landscape he knew intimately, and are deeply informed by his lifelong study of geology. Among his most elegant compositions are aerial images, frequently made at low elevations from a Piper Pacer. In these photographs, he could encompass the entire span of a rim rock, the sinuous course of a river, or the ooze of a vast lava field. He particularly loved photographing basalt in its many forms. Toedtemeier's photographs have been included in one-person and group shows locally, nationally, and internationally. He graduated from Oregon State University.