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September 26th, 2019

An Invitation


J O N A T H A N      S A U N D E R S

October 11 – December 20, 2019

The Gallery @ Dot Editions

821 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC

Reception for the artist: October 11, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.



The Gallery @ Dot Editions is pleased to present DIES LUNAE XI JULIUS MMXVI, the very first exhibition of work by photographer Jonathan Saunders, on view October 11 – December 20, 2019.


On July 11, 2006, Saunders and a love were faced with making a choice that would forever change the trajectory of their lives. They made their choice together – and that evening, Saunders made another pivotal decision: He would mark that significant moment the following year, on the exact date, with the promise to himself, “I will spend the day creating something at the limits of my ability.”


Saunders has kept that oath every July 11 since, producing an ever-growing body of work, each anniversary approached differently in terms of tools, techniques, planning, and happenstance. Images featured in this show were created entirely on the 10th anniversary – DIES LUNAE XI JULIUS MMXVI.


For DIES LUNAE XI JULIUS MMXVI, images were built using a mosaic technique comprised of a series of captures and exposures that were later stitched together to create a single image. This body of work was made in the Coso Mountain Range of California, and along the edge of a burned periphery of the Sequoia National Forest. Having scouted the locations briefly once months ahead of time, Saunders traveled to the area on July 10, 2016, set his tools in the darkness of the desert, and waited. At 12:00:30 AM on July 11, he began.