Taylor James has spent time living in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and now the Southwest. Much of his work deals with humans and their interactions with the environment. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Photography and is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography at Arizona State University.
Traveling north on Route 87, the views of Tonto National Forest appear pristine and beautiful. Towering saguaros pepper a land that seems to go on endlessly. It wasn’t until I ventured off of the highway onto one of the many dirt roads intersecting Tonto that the pristine landscape revealed a different truth. Gunshots can be heard coming from all directions and bullet holes can be found piercing many of the saguaros. This part of the desert is frequented by car after car full of people from across the valley who participate in recreational target shooting. As a result the land is now littered by bullet casings, shotgun shells, broken glass, beer cans, busted vacuums, used propane tanks and just about anything you can imagine. Plinking is the act of shooting an object not originally intended as a target.