Desert Pictures | 2014 - ongoing


Desert Pictures explores the notion of landscape through a series of images, objects and photo-driven experiments. Informed by a lifetime of adventures in the deserts of the Southwestern United States, this work considers how desert environments are imaged and framed: can the spatial, perceptual, temporal, biological, and chemical of a place be embodied photographically? By focusing on optics, light, minerals, surface, time, and chemical and digital interactions this project incorporates these essential components of photography and video-imaging in order to reveal the conditions of representation. Desert Pictures was made in collaboration with the desert environment using minerals, rain, and the sun. A variety of approaches explore the materiality of analogue and digital media to suggest alternative ways to represent the multifaceted aspects of an environment, expanding the representation of environment far beyond the traditions of pictorial landscape photography. 


Desert Pictures was developed during a fellowship at the Center for Creative Photography and works from this series are now a part of their permanent collection. 

Aragonite, Junction Shaft, Bisbee, AZ | 2014 | c-print photogram | 20x24in

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installation of c-print photograms, lumen prints, light and laser-etched acrylic sculpture, light-box and digital photograph on backlit film, and digital video

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Petrified Wood, Quartzsite, AZ | 2014 | c-print photogram | 24x20in

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Barn Owl, Highway 8, CA | 2014 | c-print photogram | 20x24in 

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Prosopis Mesquite, Phoenix, AZ | 2014 | c-print photogram |

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Smithsonite, San Luis Potosí, Mexico | 2014 | c-print photogram | 24x20in

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Olivine, San Carlos, AZ | 2014 | c-print photogram | 24x20in

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Great Pains Rat Snake, Tucson, AZ | 2014 | c-print photogram | 20x24in

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Copper, Cochise Co, AZ | 2014 | c-print photogram | 24x20in

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Gila Monster, Sonora, Mexico, July 1986 | 2014 | c-print photogram | 20x24in 

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Aleppo Pine | 2014 | c-print photogram | 20x24in 

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Nest (likely Oriole) | 2014 | c-print photogram | 24x20in

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Salazaria, Tucson, AZ | 2014 | c-print photogram | 24x20in

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Prickly Pear Cactus, Tucson, AZ | 2014 | c-print photogram 

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Ponderosa Pine, New Mexico | 2014 | c-print photogram | 24x20in

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Grey Fox | 2014 | c-print photogram | 20x24in

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Cardon, NW Mexico | 2014 | c-print photogram | 24x20in

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Gypsum | 2014 | c-print photogram | 20x24in

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untitled (shift) | 2013 | photograph on backlight film, light-box | 24 x 20 x 7in

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untitled (sun) and untitled (Klein Bottle, polytope, Deformed Calabi-Yau Shape)

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The video untitled (sun) engages with the idea of landscape representation through unconventional manipulations of imaging media. In the mid-day brightness of Northern Mexico, a digital camera was pointed directly at the sun, purposely causing overexposure of the image’s individual pixels. The chromatic aberrations caused by the malfunction of the camera’s sensor reveal the aesthetic possibilities of failure, depicting the sun as an ever-changing column of light, fringed with green and purple radiations. This sensor “bloom” transforms the image of the sun while exposing the medium’s limits of representation.

untitled (sun) | 2014 | digital video

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untitled (Torus in 3 Space, 4 Dimensional Hypercube, Heterotic Superstring) | 2014 | etched acrylic, red, green, and blue lights

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untitled (desert rain) | 2014| lumen prints: B&W photo paper, desert rain, gold toner | variable sizes

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