Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNY RIFFLE

EXHIBITION DATES:  MAY 8 - JUNE 21, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION:  MAY 8TH, 6-8PM

“There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.”  -Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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. He got his first metal detector when he was eleven and to this day he continues to seek treasure in the dirt, in sandy beaches or even looking through a handful of change for wheat pennies and real silver. In my project, Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting, I have been following Riley out on his hunts and photographing the objects he collects. I explore the line between documentary and fantasy as I look at the objects he finds, what drives him to continue and the mythology and history of the treasure hunting persona.

Jenny Riffle was born in Washington State in 1979. She received her MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and her BA in photography from Bard College in 2001. Riffle received the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grant in 2013 and was chosen as one of PDN’s 30 photographers to watch in 2014. An exhibition of her series Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting will travel to several locations in 2013-2014, starting with a solo show at Newspace Center for Photography, then RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco and The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins. Riffle currently lives and works in Seattle and teaches at the Photo Center NW.