Wendover, Utah x West Wendover, Nevada
pop. 5,810 (2010 Census)
"Where the West Begins!"
WENDOVER is Oliver Dahl's second published photographic exploration of a small town, a sequel to the series debut, ARCO. The book (and accompanying NFT collection) features a combination of digital and analog photography, paired with stories and history from this town in the Great Salt Lake Desert. From gambling and speed racing to scuba diving and bombing ranges, Wendover is much more than just a sleepy city by the salt flats.
This photo series is the result of 5 different dedicated trips throughout the last year in each of the four seasons. It explores the effects of connection and separation that result from borders and distance, while crafting an honest, raw, and liminal depiction of the gambling town "oasis" of Wendover.
88 pages, containing 69 full-color photos
Printed on 100 lb Satin Paper
6.69" x 9.61" (17 x 24.41 cm)
As I learned more about Wendover, I became genuinely impressed by its history. The area was inhabited by humans thousands of years ago for thousands of years. Since the 20th century, the railroad town has been the site where the first transcontinental telephone line was connected, and where the 509th Composite Group trained during World War II to drop the first atomic bombs on Japan. With the Bonneville Salt Flats and a winter scuba diving destination not far from the city limits, each trip I made helped Wendover feel bigger and grander.
Considered as a whole, WENDOVER is an eclectic group of photos that form a caricature of the equally eclectic and quirky town.