This is the New Navajo Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reserve in Grand Canyon, Arizona. I’m going there again on August 1-5th with a group of 19 people. I go every year and invite friends and family. This year will be my 7th annual trek down there. This is simply something I’ve been doing almost every year since 2008. After all, Havasupai is my second home and as you can see from the picture above, you know why…
I believe this photo was taken on the boundary of Big Bend National Park in Texas. Therefore it is protected speech and doesn’t require a commercial permit for me to display or exhibit but I will never forget how I was treated and intimidated by park rangers inside that park for being a simple photographer. They interrupted my Kickstarter project and I ended up leaving abruptly after feeling unsafe. Lessons learned about how I can no longer trust the Feds.
I was warned by local Texans NOT to go into the park that day if I wanted to have a good day. There’s a long story behind this incident which I may decide to blog about pretty soon. It’s a long story and part of a series of negative events that led up to this point, most of which were not related such as run-ins with the wrong people while traveling the borderlands. Etc.
This image was taken just after sundown in White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo in New Mexico. The lens I used was the manual-focus Kowa 8.5mm F2.8 lens for the Micro Four Thirds format. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this particular piece of equipment because it gives me mixed results or maybe I just need to adjust to it’s quirks.
I miss New Mexico. I’m back in Utah. I’ll try and update this site more daily before I update my Instagram…
After primitive camping for three days and eating dirt while cleaning layers of dirt-road film off my camera equipment I can safely say that I made it to Palm Springs, California where I’m composing this. I was in Death Valley where profiteers gauge the gas prices to $5 bucks a gallon, and moved onto Mojave Desert Wildlife Reserve where a coyote came into my campground. I took several photos of my furry friend, and the next day I visited Joshua Tree National Park.
I rested up in Palm Springs and will be heading out the Salton Sea today, to photograph several areas such as Bombay Beach. Talking about man-made environments; the Salton Sea was created by accident as a result of an engineering mishap in 1905. Read up on it. I’m going out there to photograph whatever rural decay that I can find including the artistic East-Jesus and Salvation Mountain. Here’s a few photos from the trip so far.
The U.S. and Mexican border is about 1/5 of a mile away from where this photo was shot. These cottonwoods were amazing. The beauty along the border is stark. It’s a complex issue; this borderline. I have mixed feelings about it. The truth is, this border cuts communities in half. Indigenous homelands and territories were sliced in half. I can’t help but see this as a colonial boundary that is foreign to Turtle Island. Yet, I understand and have affinity with citizens who are tired of the crime and lawlessness that is becoming more sophisticated every day by coyotes, drug traffickers, etc. I don’t think the border is an easy issue to tackle but I also don’t think building a great big Iron Curtain or militarizing the border is a solution either. Not an easy issue to tackle… And when people speak of corruption in Mexico’s government I think we just need to recognize the banking cartel in the US and the military-industrial complex. Doesn’t Operation Fast and Furious come to mind!?
Stay tuned! I’ll be traveling 2000 miles along the border starting in the next few weeks!
I’ve got my hands full as well as tied because I’m a busy guy these days because I’m organizing a festival in Southern Utah as well as a Kickstarter project that will hopefully springboard me onto a 65-day photoshoot into the deep Southwest. It’s taking a serious and brave leap-of-faith to do this and at 2:30 AM in the morning I cannot sleep because there is so much happening right now that my psyche is ready to hit this full throttle. We are headed to Rachel, Nevada, at 4:30 AM to make a Kickstarter Video before we begin wrapping up the loose ends of the Kickstarter and get it submitted for launch approval. I just wanted to update my blog here in regards to what’s happening. Stay tuned!
Solitude is how I dream BIG especially with nobody around; just me in the corners of God’s imagination. This is how I’ve been able to stay strong my whole life was to allow the natural world to heal me and teach me to be self-sufficient in my own happiness. The grandest of mysteries chose me to be a photographer; if only it meant for me to see something more meaningful on deeper levels such as these.
I’ve decided to dream big and create a Kickstarter to do the ultimate big adventure. To travel the Desert Southwest from Southern California all the way to Louisiana over a two month period (60-days) in a Suzuki Samurai. I will camp and live out of my Samurai and shower at truck stops. I’m going to travel to Southern Nevada onto Southern California, then through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana and my Journey will take 60-90 days to complete. The theme of my journey will be: “The Truth is Out There!” I will venture to major UFO Hotspots and will be promoting the 2015 Utah UFO Festival taking place in Southern Utah (August of 2015). What’s unique about this journey is that I will be basing my travels on Southwestern Folklore in search of the truth and will utilize this information as an artist to draw my own conclusions into the reality of it through my own method of photographic interpretation. The trip will be somewhat risky and dangerous as I will be venturing along the Mexican Border in several areas and will be stationed at various UFO hotspots that are historically significant and some archeological sites. Who knows what I’m going to see and witness, first hand!? I’m ready to redefine my own vision of the Desert Southwest from the seat of a Suzuki Samurai and I will report weekly and daily on my adventures via social media.