Kasha-Katuwe

On a trip through the American Southwest in 2011, I spent a day hiking at the Kasha-Katuwa Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico. The sky that day was totally cloudless and an almost impossibly brilliant blue. As I looked over the dozens of photographs I took there, I was struck by the sharp contrast in patterns formed by the irregularly shaped and blindingly white rock formations against that blue sky. This series focuses on those abstract patterns, seeking to strip the compositions down to essential large-scale shapes approaching a point where realism and abstraction begin to meet.