Each gallery represents an overarching theme with sub-theme galleries. There are no rules in photography or in the art world that say you have to think or organize your images this way, I just do - probably because I like thematic stories with a beginning, a middle, and an end. With each gallery, I've included some context, not intended to tell you what I think, or what you should think or feel, but to provide some evidence of the time, place, and the atmosphere that flavored my sensibilities.
There may be some kind of cowboy wisdom that drives our penchant for abandonment, something that says if your horse is dead, well then- you might as well get off and ride another. But I think abandonment occurs when we fail to balance our imagination with realistic calculation. Turn too far in one direction and your head fills with wooly fantasies. Lean off on another course and you spend your life color coding your day planner. In either case the dream fails because expectations never arrived and it is then that the owner quits. What is left behind is the industrial undercarriage of what was and perhaps what might have been. This proclivity to abandon dreams and leave things behind has long fascinated me as a visual thematic."
Back To Loneliness Collection
In the Mojave Desert sky, thunderclaps are rare, lightning strikes even less, and hard rain is an episodic event that creates gully-washing floods.
A note about the Back to Loneliness Collection. This "master" collection actually contains several distinct sub-collections: The Ivanpahs, Friction Smooth, and several other works in progress under the Mojave National Preserve Artist in Residence Program. Please take a moment to enjoy The Ivanpahs and Friction Smooth and enjoy each collection's distinct images. Read more about the Back to Lonliness Collection...
“I began the Back to Loneliness project in the Ivanpah Mountain Range. After 112 days, what I found was an almost metaphysical presence of the miners and cowhands from times past. The Ivanpah collection attempts to capture the ambitions and hopes of both of those efforts along with the loneliness and loss that must inevitably follow, captured by a play of light, pattern, texture, and sharp contrast.”
"I logged 40 visits to this area and the resulting images portray the grit, the colorless, the colorful, and the miracle of a pastel sunset as it smoothes the deep shadows between cones and desert washes...The conjoined terms friction and smooth, refer to the action that created each of these landmark areas - with the smooth lakebed polished by the winds and the frictional activity of the explosive volcanoes created the friction and heat that chunked out streams of molten lava and molten rock leaving the cones and basalt layers of the natural landmark." View the Friction Smooth gallery.
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