Trevor Paglen often folds art-historical references into his images, and he is particularly interested in painters concerned with the breakdown of representation, like J. M. W. Turner and Gerhard Richter. This photograph, of a site within the vast Nevada Test and Training Range, evokes Richter’s technique of smearing paintings with squeegees.
This photograph depicts a classified “listening station”deep in the forests of West Virginia. The station is located at the center of the “National Radio Quiet Zone,” a region of approximately 34,000 square kilometres in West Virginia and parts of Maryland. Within the Quiet Zone, radio transmissions are severely restricted: omnidirectional and high-powered transmissions (such as wireless internet devices and FM radio stations) are not permitted.