In December of my first semester as a photography MFA student at ASU, I drove into Globe, after dark, with a failed alternator. I was met, repeatedly, with unusual generosity. This led me to begin a series of portraits and landscapes in Miami-Globe, northeast of Phoenix.
Miami and Globe were built on mineral wealth; silver, copper and gold. Mining and ranching have persisted since the 1860s; both land based economies. Cattle graze on mine land; ranchers may work additionally for the mines.
I began to photograph three extended families:
four generations of ranchers, a single father mechanic and his sons, who are also stock car and go kart racers, and the pastor and parishioners of a small Southern Baptist church, on the outskirts of Globe. They came to represent the history and resilience of their communities.
People, land, and sky: our connections, here, are more visible.
This project is ongoing. I’m continuing to photograph, lengthening and focusing the view.
Her mother’s saddle
Great grandfather: Walter Grantham and Reagan Powell, – F- Ranch
Her father’s Bible
Pinto Valley mine
Father and sons: Bain, Jace and Cole Grantham, – F – Ranch
Bar F Bar
Up to the water tank
Between land and sky
Terri Andress, newly mown lawn
Bee tree, haunted canyon
Sweat bees, haunted canyon
Tire tracks, tailings
Deer tracks, tailings
Go kart racers
Every knee shall bow
Wheatfields Baptist Chapel
‘ He shall my shield and portion be ‘
Visiting choir member, Wheatfields Baptist Chapel
Between a stock tank and the mine
Bess Bennett, mezzo soprano and worship leader, Wheatfields Baptist Chapel
Pam Golden is a Photography MFA candidate at Arizona State University. She worked previously as an obstetrician/gynecologist in Tucson, Arizona, and for the U.S. Forest Service in the Selway-Bitterrot Wilderness of Idaho. Her photographs of people and landscape mark our shared passage.