home didn’t always mean four walls

steel, wood

22cm x 80cm

home didn’t always mean four walls detail - click to enlarge

|object in private collection|

Photograph on steel framed in mesquite of the Sierra Blanca Mountains in the Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar, Sonora, Mexico. Infrared photographs framed in mesquite were taken by an unmanned motion activated camera of bobcats (Lynx rufus) visiting a remote tinaja (a natural water cache made in stone) in their home territory within the biosphere reserve.

This object was a gift to the rangers and their station at the Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar, Sonora, Mexico. I consider these infrared photographs found objects — astounding in their divine and accidental beauty.

In the last 8 years, I’ve spent well over 200+ days in the Biosphere Reserve — and never once, have I been treated like an un-welcomed guest. With a respectfully light-hand, they’ve kept a watchful and protecting eye on this, “crazy dude with a dog and a camera” who loves to camp alone and far-off the beaten path — and I’ve deeply appreciated it. I asked the assistant director of the park if he might consider hanging the piece some place that only the staff uses… because, I truly wanted this object to be a gift to the rangers and their station. It landed in office! Perfecto.

The journey of this object has come full-circle; the photograph printed on steel was taken from the top of the Sierra Blanca in the reserve; a place that I would never have been blessed to experience without the blessing of the ADOP, who trusted me to explore on my own a remote and rarely, if ever, visited place. The infrared photos were taken within the park by cameras that have been carefully maintained and curated by the rangers who allowed me to use them in this object. I composed this piece in my studio and it was built by hand in my shop. This is definitely a collaboration, if there ever was one. And I am thrilled that it has come home to roost.

The detail image is of the object at the ranger’s station with a regular visitor to the station — a Harris hawk that the rangers befriended and who now comes back to visit the station on a regular basis.

This object was included in my solo exhibition :: sleeping in the house of light @ Wee Gallery  in Tucson, Arizona, March, 2015

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