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A Graphical Look

In January, 2000 I returned to shoot at Joshua Tree for the fifth time. Every visit has produced somewhat different images. This time I found that I was seeing the trees and rocks with a very graphical eye‚ creating photographs with bold negative spaces. This wasn't premeditated‚ it just evolved from what I was seeing and feeling that day.

Burnt Cactus, January 2000

Sometime during 1999 there was a brush fire which burned a large number of Joshua Tree cactuses. What a tragedy considering how many years it takes them to grow. They did create a very stark appearance as the rising sun cast its long shadows and warm light.

Photographed with a Canon EOS3, 17~35mm f/2.8L zoom lens at about 20mm on Provia 100F.

Rocks & Shadows, January 2000

Joshua Tree National Park is a place of stark contrasts. Early morning's sometimes harsh light helps to create abstract compositions of rock and shadow.

Photographed with a Canon EOS3, 70~200mm f/2.8L lens @ 200m...

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