Empire of Salt

This series is a meditation of the products from the Salton Sea drainage basin in Southern California, through the lens of 17th Century Dutch Still Life painting.  The objects in this series were collected around the Salton Sea.  This lake was created in 1905 by the folly of men to harness the Colorado River to […]

A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home Buried between the high-rises of downtown Phoenix, its Capitol, and freeway system, lies a neighborhood caught in a vortex of time. Immigrants make up a majority of the residents taking up residence in homes that time forgot. Local family owned businesses, mainly mechanic shops, used tire shops, and barber shops […]

Stars Get in Your Eyes

When talking about beauty culture, the make-up product is always an indispensable topic of it. When it comes to make-up products, I normally will associate them with plenty of overwhelming commercials and multifarious commodity displays. Especially, the numerous eye-shadows palettes, lipsticks, and foundations those famous Internet influencers are recommending. Taking an overall view of this […]

You Went, To Become

Home differs for every individual. However, each family bases the construction of a home on a foundation of care and love for one another. In this way, our homes have more commonality than differences despite their varying residents and physical separation. The images that comprise this body of work are from two families who have […]

Dusted

“The natural elements of prosperity seem concentrated in profusion seldom found. In our primitive simplicity we reasoned that if we could take ores from the mountains and reduce them to gold and silver with which to pay for labor and purchase the productions of the valleys, a community could be established in the country independent […]

It Could Have Happened Here

It Could Have Happened Here is an ongoing project where I find crimes that have occurred in the Phoenix, Arizona area; Research them, Photograph the places they have occurred at, and then create a narrative with those photos along with archival photos and others I find. This lets me explore time, place, narrative, and the relationship […]

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 […]