In Carbon County, John Sanderson traces an existential journey through the present day American West. Set among Wyoming’s windswept high plains and distant horizons, this folio box of 24 tipped in photographs reveals a counterpoint between natural grandeur and human ambition. Inspired from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Sanderson envisions a mysterious county abound with adventure, hope, love, and wanderlust. This is the land of the Noble Cowboy which is today contrasted against a contemporary landscape drained of its natural resources. Once this was the home to the Buffalo. Instead it now contains a bypassed space that is set apart, and left alone. What remains is a new breed of people influenced by these ideals of the past, while attempting to create a life with the remainders of this land. Sanderson shows this unyielding spirit of Wyoming and its culture to endure and prosper.
John Sanderson is drawn to broad topographical subjects within the United States of America. It is there in the outdoors he feels most creative. His photographs reconcile American motives of impermanence, and expansion within the contemporary landscape. His projects include themes such as transportation, leisure, residence, industry, and decay. The influence of growing up in New York City’s Midtown Manhattan underpins much of Sanderson’s work which is rooted in a passion for architectural design. He captures photographs for each project with multiple large format film cameras as well as smaller digital cameras as needed for commercial clients. Sanderson’s photographs have been featured in a variety of publications such as: Slate Magazine, BBC News, The Wall Street Journal, and NBC News. Fallen Flags, and Railroad Landscapes have both been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions. In 2017, he published National Character, a Monthly Monograph Magazine, by Subjectively, Objective. His work resides in a number of private and public collections including the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York Transit Museum, NTR Partners, and the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.