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Sin Sombras Portfolio

Artist’s Statement
(excerpted from the book by the same title – Published 2018)

Most of the images presented in Sin Sombras were taken within 30 miles of either side of a line drawn between the gritty little towns of El Centro, south of the Salton Sea, and Barstow to the north, a distance of roughly 200 miles as the buzzard flies. All of them were made during the past five years or so. In most places, the evidence of man is relatively scant—a few small towns and some highways and farms scattered about here and there, haphazardly, as if they had been set in their places by the careless instincts of the desert wind. Some of the structures are fresh out of the box, so to speak, such as the garish outlet malls along the interstate exits, while others amount to little more than abandoned ruins, decaying in the sun, as might be said for some of the people who live here.

Mostly, there’s a whole lot of nothing. It is a world without clutter, in the extreme.

As a result, one can always see the horizon—all 360 degrees of it—upon which rests the dome that is 180 degrees of sky. The world set beneath that dome is largely naked rock, other than those places covered with sand or altered in some way by the activities of the dominant species here—man. Frequently, the skies are cloudless, and as there is no humidity to scatter the light, it settles on the landscape, unadulterated, as perfect as the moment it left the sun.

Oh, and there is the wind that engenders a sense of restless agitation except at twilight, when the air often becomes very still and liquid, providing a medium such that the spirits might wheel. The wind coats all of the earth that is not moving in a patina of fine, white dust that, in turn, reflects the light upward, back to the sky from where it came. In this world, the light washes over you from all directions, such that one is immersed in it, as there is no cover, no merciful shade.

In this space one can grow blinded, overwhelmed—

suspended in the substance,

                                               become light,

                                                                   as if one might dissolve,

                                                                                                          between heaven and earth.

For without shadows—sin sombras—there is no place to hide.

The Searcher

El Centro, California

Michael

Slab City, California

Dry Spell

Highway 86, California

Twilight

Niland, California

Shirt Full of Stars

El Centro, California

Five Palms

Imperial County, California

Stranded in Barstow

Barstow, California

Motel Parking Lot

El Centro, California

Black Bird

Imperial County, California

Shipwreck

Salton Sea, California

Beneath the Trestle

Needles, California

Sin Sombras

Imperial County, California

The Last Oasis

Highway 86, California

Array

Highway 115, California

Extraction Site

Salton Sea, California

Bye Bye

Salton Sea, California

EAT

Interstate 15, California

Eastbound Train

Barstow, California

Fully Loaded

Imperial County, California

Thorn Tree

El Centro, California

Back to LA

Imperial County, California

END

Highway 86, California

Find the Scorpion

Niland, California

Lost Arc

Anza Borrego Desert, California

No Loitering

Barstow, Caliifornia

Yucca Boulevard

El Centro, California

Have a Nice Day

Ocotillo, California

Waiting for My Ride

Barstow, California

No Human Is Illegal

Slab City, California

Killing Time

El Centro, California

Shades

Barstow, California

Morning Stroll

Barstow, California

Monday Morning

El Centro, California

Former Mr. Universe

Barstow, California

Stay Off Heart

Salvation Mountain, California

Cold Water

Daggett, California

TAMALES BURRITOS TACOS

Daggett, California

Irrigation Pipe

Imperial Valley, California

Waiting On Jacob’s Calamity

Salton Sea, California

A Tenuous Existence

Glamis Dunes, California

Through the Looking Glass

Needles, California

A Room with a View

Ocotillo, California

Fireplace

Salton Sea, California

Lou Smiley

Niland, California

Right Turn Only

Mortmar, California

Hitchhiker

Barstow, California

Gladiator

Glamis Dunes, California

Sage

Barstow, California

The Burning Bush

El Centro, California

Low Tide, Low Life

Salton Sea, California
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