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02_The Map.jpg
03_Silver.jpg
18_Sorting Change.jpg
20_Wrecking Yard.jpg
I Got Revenge master.jpg
19_Ephemera.jpg
15_Smoke Break.jpg
32_Along the Duwamish.jpg
35_Old Seattle Dump.jpg
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14_A Hunt on Overlook Mt.jpg
12_Tom Sawyer's Gang.jpg
17_Dump Dolls.jpg
25_High Tide.jpg
11_Spade.jpg
29_Gold Hunt, Vashon Island.jpg
10_68 Buick Electra.jpg
05_Dump Digging.jpg
06_The Find.jpg
21_Treasure Trove.jpg
 Riley grew up in rural eastern Washington. As a child he read Mark Twain’s stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and decided he wanted to be like those mythical boys. He wanted a life full of treasure and adventure. Riley got his first metal detector when he was eleven and continues to seek treasure to this day. In my project,  Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting , I followed Riley out on his hunts and photographed the objects he collected. In  Scavenger  I don’t try to reveal Riley’s essence as a traditional portrait would, but build upon it to create a more complicated presence. I express my romantic view of his life and his treasure hunting obsession and choose not to show his daily activities outside of that. By only showing one side of his personality I create a larger than life character. I photograph him in Twain’s spirit, as a mythical adventurer who exists somewhere between reality and fantasy.

Riley grew up in rural eastern Washington. As a child he read Mark Twain’s stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and decided he wanted to be like those mythical boys. He wanted a life full of treasure and adventure. Riley got his first metal detector when he was eleven and continues to seek treasure to this day. In my project, Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting, I followed Riley out on his hunts and photographed the objects he collected. In Scavenger I don’t try to reveal Riley’s essence as a traditional portrait would, but build upon it to create a more complicated presence. I express my romantic view of his life and his treasure hunting obsession and choose not to show his daily activities outside of that. By only showing one side of his personality I create a larger than life character. I photograph him in Twain’s spirit, as a mythical adventurer who exists somewhere between reality and fantasy.


04_The Treasure Hunter.jpg
23_Dead Horse Bay.jpg
02_The Map.jpg
03_Silver.jpg
18_Sorting Change.jpg
20_Wrecking Yard.jpg
I Got Revenge master.jpg
19_Ephemera.jpg
15_Smoke Break.jpg
32_Along the Duwamish.jpg
35_Old Seattle Dump.jpg
07_Metal Detecting SV.jpg
14_A Hunt on Overlook Mt.jpg
12_Tom Sawyer's Gang.jpg
17_Dump Dolls.jpg
25_High Tide.jpg
11_Spade.jpg
29_Gold Hunt, Vashon Island.jpg
10_68 Buick Electra.jpg
05_Dump Digging.jpg
06_The Find.jpg
21_Treasure Trove.jpg
 Riley grew up in rural eastern Washington. As a child he read Mark Twain’s stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and decided he wanted to be like those mythical boys. He wanted a life full of treasure and adventure. Riley got his first metal detector when he was eleven and continues to seek treasure to this day. In my project,  Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting , I followed Riley out on his hunts and photographed the objects he collected. In  Scavenger  I don’t try to reveal Riley’s essence as a traditional portrait would, but build upon it to create a more complicated presence. I express my romantic view of his life and his treasure hunting obsession and choose not to show his daily activities outside of that. By only showing one side of his personality I create a larger than life character. I photograph him in Twain’s spirit, as a mythical adventurer who exists somewhere between reality and fantasy.

Riley grew up in rural eastern Washington. As a child he read Mark Twain’s stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and decided he wanted to be like those mythical boys. He wanted a life full of treasure and adventure. Riley got his first metal detector when he was eleven and continues to seek treasure to this day. In my project, Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting, I followed Riley out on his hunts and photographed the objects he collected. In Scavenger I don’t try to reveal Riley’s essence as a traditional portrait would, but build upon it to create a more complicated presence. I express my romantic view of his life and his treasure hunting obsession and choose not to show his daily activities outside of that. By only showing one side of his personality I create a larger than life character. I photograph him in Twain’s spirit, as a mythical adventurer who exists somewhere between reality and fantasy.


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