A Separate Real(i)ty
My current work-in-progress,"A Separate Real(i)ty" began with the purchase of a home in Joshua Tree, California in 2010. The work is developing from my personal and artistic transition - making (color digital) photographic work for the first time about the Mojave desert after a long career of over three decades depicting (with film and silver prints) the urban and suburban places where I lived, and most importantly, moving full-time to Joshua Tree, seeking a life of simplicity with a deeper connection between Self and Nature. The title makes reference to Carlos Castaneda’s 1971 book “A Separate Reality” (an influential book of my generation), and altered states of consciousness while the use of the parenthesis in the title brings attention to the experience of “I” – myself in relation to specific sites (realty) and the creation of ones own reality. The photographs represent my current reflections on time and place, nature and culture, and self and community, and our consumption of natural resources. It is my experience of this vast and beautiful yet complex, fragile and threatened eco-system. Of course, water (and lack of it) is continue to be a dominant subject in my work.
These images are from the areas in the California desert that I am currently researching, exploring and photographing. The Salton Sea including the geothermal fields and power plants and the salt mines near Amboy are among the subjects.