Jornada

The emotional and physical connection scientists sustain with their field sites, organisms, or questions are rarely translated into the final research product or publication. Scientists who conduct field research almost always develop a deep connection with the landscape and the people who work there. They form strong identities with the place or system where they […]

Constructs

The foundation for Constructs originates from being involved in the academic institution for two uninterrupted decades. Constructs is a series of digitally composited photographs of educational institutions. The buildings function as sun dials and cameras through which light and shadow shapes are created. The photographs are of brutalist architecture, a style that is distinguishable by its […]

An Indexing of Industry in Canyon State

  First coined in a 1939 issue of Arizona Highways, “The Five C’s”, defined by copper, cattle, cotton, citrus, and climate have played an integral role in the shaping of the social and physical landscape of the Valentine State. With the aid of these industries driving the economy during its settlement, the five C’s as […]

Seeing Being Seen

     When I moved back home to Phoenix after I graduated from college, I felt disconnected from a queer community. Having just come out, I began to look for ways to participate in that community without having to rely on in-person contact.  For me, phone-based apps provided both a way to learn more about […]

Observer First

It started in Brazil, as I watched my sister dance salsa. There were no traces of Portuguese; just pure eye-contact, body cues, and a different type of connection between Astrid and the Carioca. I wish someone would have taken my picture in that moment, 6 years ago, when I was captivated by the communication between […]

Earth Consuming / Light Embracing

There is a deep connection I feel to the earth. I come from the earth. The earth embraces me when I die. Once part of the earth I will become new life and grow new roots. I long to be part of this cycle. I want to feel the earth consuming me and light embracing […]

Picos del Desierto

The American Desert Southwest is like no other place I have known. The quintessence of all that is Sublime, it is a land that since the summer of 2017 has and continues to shape my understanding of existence as significantly as the many forces that continue to shape its own existential manifestations. Being that we […]

A SAFE PLACE

Elevation is power.  The neighborhood of Sunnyslope provides one of the best examples of wealth and power dynamics within the larger footprint of Phoenix.  In an area extending over just a nine-mile radius, wealthy residents of Sunnyslope neighbor with the less fortunate, sometimes on the same street or a few blocks apart.  Within this tightly […]

With Each Passing Day

“God, grant me the serenity – to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”   I was put in this life with the mother I have, and that’s the way it is. My parents were both addicts. I spent my childhood in […]