Friday, May 2, 2014

Look In


Self Portrait in the Columbia River Gorge

“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed ... We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.”
-Wallace Stegner from The Sound of Mountain Water

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Who Owns the West?


Palm, Salton City, CA

"We operate in systems of story and metaphor that we use to define the world (both natural and social) for ourselves, and we must always seek to remodel the mythology (model) we have inherited from society (because each synthesis always fails).

Artist in the American West (as everywhere), from Timothy O'Sullivan to Charlie Russell and the duck-stamp painters, to the Baghdad Cafe and half-buried, nose-down Cadillacs in the desert, have always worked towards helping us in that process by inciting us to witness a version of the moment with blinders off. It's what artist are for; they help us see; they drive society through the process coming to fresh recognitions; it is a political responsibility."
- William Kittredge from Who Owns the West?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Always Close


Lost Horizon: Mt. Shasta, CA

One night while out walking in Eugene, OR, I looked south and saw the silhouette of Spencer Butte challenging the blackness of the night sky, and since then I have been really into photographing silhouetted landscapes.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Snitch


Snitch, Mojave, CA

Mojave, CA has a special place in my heart. It is a community crammed between Aerospace Engineering, Poverty, Religion, and Military. Odd to say the least.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Aggression


Target Practice, Dune City, OR


Shotgun Smile, Dune City, OR

The fact that this scene is overlooking a giant clear-cut forest is interesting to me. Aggression is contagious.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Drought



This year is shaping up to be a tough one for California’s lakes. I was driving up the 5 on Monday and had to pull over to photograph how low Lake Shasta was. To date, Lake Shasta is at 58% average for this time of year and a staggering 37% of its total capacity. 2013 has gone down as the driest year in California since record-keeping began in 1894. Mandatory water conservation measures are already in place in Folsom (due to Folsom Lake being below 19% capacity!) and it looks like Sacramento is next. Scary times and the late winter forecast isn’t looking much better.
But, in other news Justin Bieber egged his neighbor’s house. Lets just pay attention to that.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tire Pile


Tire Pile, Barstow, CA

"There are things that are hard to photograph: guerrilla warfare, the end of an era, the meaning of a place. And there are things it is nearly impossible to photograph: the subtle workings of the human heart, the wandering paths desire and fury take, the bonds of love and blood that tie people together, the decisions that tear them apart, the way that most unprepossessing landscape can become home and thus speak of stories, traditions, gods that strangers cannot decipher from the rocks and streams." - Rebecca Solnit from River of Shadows