Phoenix Transect Project

Adam Thorman

Adam Thorman was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his BFA in Photography from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2003 and his MFA from Arizona State University in 2009. His work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Sam Lee Gallery in Los Angeles, Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, IN and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ. His work is in the permanent collection of SFMOMA. He has taught at Prescott College in Arizona, Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley and he is currently teaching photography at The Athenian School in Danville, CA and at Berkeley Art Studio at UC Berkeley. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Growing up in the verdant urban environment of the San Francisco Bay Area helped shape Adam Thormanís artistic voice. An early interest in mythology has led to a poetic interpretation of his surroundings. As an adult he has fought to maintain a sense of child-like wonder about the world. With an eye on poetry and metaphor, his artwork stems from a subtle sensitivity to light and deals with the transformation that can occur when the everyday world is carefully considered.

Email: adamethor@yahoo.com
Personal Site: http://www.adamthorman.com

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Jason Looking Down A Canal
Description: Jason in an irrigated canal by Baseline and 70th Avenue with no other developments in sight.
Date: 2/2009
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Canal, People, Public Works, Un-developed, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Broken Watermelon
Description: A shattered watermelon left behind on the ground next to a picnic table.
Date: 11/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Public Space, Recreation, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Two Cans
Description: Two cans floating in an algae bloom.
Date: 11/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Dried Shoe
Description: Dried shoe on the Salt River bank after a flood.
Date: 11/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Floating Plate
Description: A plate floating in an algae bloom.
Date: 11/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Cracked Earth
Description: Twigs left in the cracks of dried earth where a seasonal pond had dried up.
Date: 11/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Dead Fish
Description: A dead fish along the Gillespie Dam left stranded after a flood.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Arlington
Keywords: Public Space, Public Works, Riparian, River, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Flooded Roadway
Description: A flooded roadway on the Salt River after heavy rainfall.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Tolleson
Keywords: Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: View West
Description: The view West from the Casey Abbott Recreation Area.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Goodyear
Keywords: Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Dappled Path
Description: The path alongside the Salt River in the Casey Abbott Recreation Area.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Goodyear
Keywords: Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Fire Pit
Description: Fire pit along the Salt River at the Casey Abbott Recreation Area.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Goodyear
Keywords: Public Space, Recreation, Riparian, River, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Eddy
Description: An eddy along the Salt River where pieces of a park bench have fallen into the river at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Area.
Date: 2/2009
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Public Works, Riparian, River, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Eroded River Bank 2
Description: The eroded river bank along the Salt River at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Area.
Date: 2/2009
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Salt River Greenery
Description: Detritus washed up along the bank of the Salt River near the Granite Reef Dam after a heavy Winter storm.
Date: 1/2009
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Alex M M M
Description: Graffiti left with charcoal from the remains of a fire along the eroded bank of the Salt River at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Area.
Date: 2/2009
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Public Space, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Temporary Lake
Description: A temporary lake that appeared after a storm, flooding a grassy field next to the Granite Reef Dam.
Date: 1/2009
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Small Island After storm
Description: A loose rephotograph of the small island off the bank of the Salt River a year later surrounded by detritus.
Date: 1/2009
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Rephotography, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Blue Bottles
Description: Detritus collected along the bank of the Salt River after heavy winter storms near the Granite Reef Dam.
Date: 1/2009
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Eroded River Bank
Description: The eroded river bank along the Salt River at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Area.
Date: 2/2009
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Cattail Soup
Description: The Salt River after a heavy winter storm blew all of the cattails into the water at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Area.
Date: 2/2009
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Underwater Growth
Description: Looking through the water at dusk on the Salt River by 7th Avenue.
Date: 3/2009
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Thirst Buster
Description: Black-Eyed Susans along the banks of the Salt River near 7th Avenue.
Date: 3/2009
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Artifact, Public Space, Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Faded Memory
Description: A photograph with a person and their Christmas tree in which half of the image has been washed away, sitting in a temporary brook that was gone the next week. Found in the flood channel of the Salt River.
Date: 3/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Transient\'s Dwelling
Description: A tent hidden amongst the trees in the flood channel along the riverbed where transient\'s have made their home and left their mark.
Date: 3/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Artifact, Housing, Interior Space, Private Space, Public Space, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Path At Dusk
Description: The path leading along the bank of the Salt River at Granite Reef Dam in the last light of day.
Date: 1/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Public Space, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Underwater Grasses
Description: Grasses in the Salt River below Central Avenue that have become submerged and pushed over by the current during heavy rains.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Clouds Above Path
Description: Clouds sitting above the path leading through the new landscaped park area along the north bank of the Salt River at Central Avenue.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Public Space, Public Works, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Aluminum Pan By Flooded Roadway
Description: An aluminum turkey pan washed up on the dirt next to the flooded portion of the Gila River where it crosses El Mirage Road.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Tolleson
Keywords: Artifact, Gila River, Public Space, Public Works, Riparian, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Last Foothold Approaching The Blown Dam
Description: The last piece of concrete to stand on leading up to the blown out section of the Gillespie Dam.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Arlington
Keywords: Demolition, Gila River, Public Works, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Branches At Dusk
Description: Branches in the wooded recreation area next to the Salt River at the Granite Reef Dam, photographed at dusk.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Rebar Overlooking Gillespie Dam
Description: Rebar sticking out of a destroyed wall overlooking Gillespie Dam.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Arlington
Keywords: Artifact, Gila River, Public Works, Riparian, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Temporary Lake At Dusk
Description: A lake that formed during unusually heavy rains, with plants left poking up out of the water photographed at dusk.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Sports Bottle Fishing At Dusk
Description: Two fishing reels made from sports bottles on the bank of the Salt River at dusk. The one on right appears to have caught something, as the bottle is moving back and forth.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Recreation, Riparian, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Seussian Island
Description: A small island that has grown on the tip of a fallen tree trunk in the Salt River just upriver from the Granite Reef Dam.
Date: 1/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Rephotography, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: View West From 7th Street Overpass
Description: The view looking West from the 7th Street overpass. Drainage pipes underneath the bridge run water into the Salt River to help revitalize this stretch of the river.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Public Works, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: View East From 7th Street Overpass
Description: The view looking East from the 7th Street overpass. After being dry for miles, water and vegetation reappear on the bed of the Salt River.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Public Works, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Salt River Construction At 24th Street
Description: Terraforming along the South bank of the Salt River at 24th Street.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Construction, Public Works, Riparian, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: View East From 16th Street Overpass
Description: The view East from the 16th Street overpass, looking across the dry, barren Salt River bed. The riverbed here looks almost exactly like the view from 24th Street East.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Public Works, Riparian, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: View West From 24th Street Overpass
Description: The view West from the 24th Street overpass, with a pool of water that didn\'t come from upriver (see the view East). Despite the large pool of water, the Salt River continues on dry and barren.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Public Works, Riparian, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: View East From 24th Street Overpass
Description: The view East from the 24th Street overpass, looking across the dry Salt River bed towards Interstate 10.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Public Works, Riparian, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: View West From Priest Drive Overpass
Description: The view west from the Priest Drive overpass, looking towards the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Public Works, Riparian, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: View East From Priest Drive Overpass
Description: The view looking East from the Priest Drive overpass, with the dam holding back Tempe Town Lake visible and the new Tempe Center for the Arts on the right bank.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Public Works, Riparian, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Plant Growing in Flooded Riparian Area
Description: A plant emerging from the water in a flooded area of the Gila River right next to the flooded roadway.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Tolleson
Keywords: Gila River, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Rock In Pool Of Water
Description: A rock sitting in a small pond in the riverbed of the Salt River just West of 7th Avenue, looking East.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Dry Riverbed
Description: The dry riverbed west of 7th Avenue on the Salt River, looking East.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Water Drainage Grate On Salt River
Description: The drainage end of a water pipe emptying water into the Salt River west of 7th Avenue.
Date: 3/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Public Works, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Bird Tracks Along Gillespie Dam
Description: Bird tracks through the mud and jumping up onto a ledge along the Gillespie Dam, along with one of numerous dead fish stranded by receding floods.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Arlington
Keywords: Artifact, Gila River, Marker, Public Works, Riparian, Water, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Dirt Road and Contruction by Gillespie Dam
Description: A dirt road and a pile of dirt from contruction leading up to the Gillespie Dam, shot from a hill.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Arlington
Keywords: Construction, Gila River, Riparian, Transportation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Fire Pit Bones
Description: Bones and traces of hair sitting in a used fire pit in the recreation area alongside the Salt River at Granite Reef Dam.
Date: 1/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Marker, Public Space, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Tree Branch Jumble
Description: A jumble of tree branches next to the banks of the Salt River at Granite Reef Dam.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Bottle Resting In Flooded Area
Description: A plastic Gatorade bottle resting amongst flooded reeds by the banks of the Salt River just above Granite Reef Dam.
Date: 1/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Shiny Detritus With Leaves
Description: Shiny detritus embedded in a pile of dirt surrounded by dead leaves.
Date: 1/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Shadowy Brush
Description: Traces of branches highlighted by dappled sun light against the deep shadows of the brush.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: String Tied To Branch
Description: A string tied to a branch hanging into the Salt River just above the Granite Reef Dam.
Date: 1/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Marker, Public Space, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Bobber and Reed Formation
Description: A fishing bobber caught in loose reeds by the bank of the Salt River during a high water period.
Date: 1/2008
Location: Unincorporated
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: White Water Eddy
Description: An eddy of frothy white water at the bottom of a waterfall of water being diverted into the Salt River at Central Avenue.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: River, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Crawdad Claw On White Rock
Description: A small crawdad claw on a rock stained white.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: River, Salt River, Water, Wildlife, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Frothy Water with Dried Grasses and Ceme
Description: The frothy water at the bottom of a small waterfall of water being emptied into the Salt River at Central Avenue.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: River, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: New Green Grass In Pond
Description: New grass sprouts running into a small pond at Central Avenue.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Plant Beneath Water During Flooding
Description: A plant half-submerged after the January flooding of the Salt River at Central Avenue.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Pond Amongst Brush
Description: A pond amongst brush in the river bed at Central Avenue.
Date: 1/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Rag In Tree Under Overpass
Description: High water mark remnants from January storms that flooded the river.
Date: 2/2008
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Riparian, River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Leaf Pile
Description: A pile of dirt and leaves on the bank of the Salt River.
Date: 3/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Dried Flowers
Description: Puffy flowers of a dried bush in front of the area of the Salt River where it opens into a lake.
Date: 4/2007
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Support Post and Shadow
Description: The support posts for the 101 and 202 highways and the surrounding area of the channelized Salt River bed.
Date: 1/2007
Location: Tempe
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, Transportation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Dry, Cracked Dirt With Bottle
Description: A stretch of dried earth and rocks that had been a pond the week before with an empty, unlabeled beer bottle.
Date: 4/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Mossy Creek Water
Description: Moss-covered water in a temporary creek found in the Salt River bed channel.
Date: 4/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Riparian, River, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Submerged Bike Tire
Description: A bike flat bike tire submerged in the water along the banks of the Salt River.
Date: 2/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, River, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: High Water Mark
Description: Dirt in the trees marking the high point that the water has reached in the past and will probably reach again in the future.
Date: 3/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Riparian, River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Rock and Dried Grasses
Description: A rock nestled beneath grasses that have spent time submerged beneath water, then dried up, retaining the feel of remaining underwater.
Date: 3/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Rockstar Can
Description: An empty Rockstar can amongst rocks and new plant growth.
Date: 2/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Entangled Torn Hat
Description: Torn, decaying hat entangled in brambles in the dry waterbed channel.
Date: 2/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, Salt River, Vegetation, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: High Water Mark
Description: Growth in the trees marking the height the water has reached in the past and will probably reach again in the future.
Date: 2/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Riparian, River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Damp Wall
Description: Water trickles through cracks in the walls on the south side of the river canal. It is probably coming from the Mesa water treatment plant.
Date: 3/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Remnants of Water
Description: The last remnants of damp earth marking where a pond had been the week before.
Date: 3/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Riparian, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Decorated Egg Artifact
Description: A decorated styrofoam easter egg found lying in the rocks next to the Mesa Treatment Plant run-off.
Date: 2/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Artifact, Riparian, River, Salt River, All Images

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Contributor: Adam Thorman
Title: Temporary Creek
Description: Each week, the waterways would change. A small pond would be dry, and a creek would have sprouted up where before there was none. This is one such creek.
Date: 3/2007
Location: Mesa
Keywords: Riparian, River, Salt River, Vegetation, Water, All Images

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