A photograph of a beach towel — featuring the design of a $100
Federal Reserve note — on fire is being offered in a photography
auction, presented by Daniel Cooney Fine Art through the website iGavel. The auction will end
Feb. 4, 2015.
The photograph, titled “Burning Bill,” was made by Geoffrey Ellis,
staged in the bottom of an empty swimming pool at an abandoned motel
near Las Vegas.
Ellis said the photograph is from “a project called ‘Valley of the
Meadows’ that looks at both the excess and vice of Las Vegas. The Las
Vegas I imagine is one not too divorced from reality, where the
extremes of luxury and vice are out in the open and the lure of
promise draws one in. It is a place that is as seductive as it is repellent.”
Ellis is a co-founder of the Vegas Vernacular Project, and founder
of the Las Vegas Camera Club. He earned a masters in fine arts in
photography from the University of Hartford Art School. He splits his
time between San Francisco and Las Vegas. His website is www.geoffreyellis.com.
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