Culture and Place

Slide New Layer “If space is where culture is lived, then place is the result of that union.”
Lucy Lippard, The Lure of the Local

Culture and Place is a series of lyrical documentary images that examine place and culture in the American southwest. While the literal subject matter is rural and urban topographic spaces, the images are about the different ways that culture and place are linked, and suggest what form can say about ourselves, how we organize, and how we interact.

By using formal elements like line, shape, texture, and color as well as narrative elements as visual cues, this work takes a formal view of the vernacular to reveal narratives about transition in place, the personal in place, and how landscape can become place. This series also suggests that the dominant view of place wedded in rural settings is actually a special case and that a broader domain that includes suburban and urban areas is more appropriate.

My interest in this topic stems from seeing images of family at the Visalia Migrant Labor Camp in Tulare California taken by FSA photographers Russell Lee and Arthur Rothstein in the early 1940s. These images suggest that my own sense of place is part of a larger body of stories told in history books and depicted in countless works of fiction and film.
Slide New Layer Electric Power Lines and Farm Structures, Wagon Mound,
New Mexico, March 10, 2018
Slide Schoolhouse, Romeroville, New Mexico, May 13, 2017 Schoolhouse, Romeroville, New Mexico, May 13, 2017 Slide Penitente Morada, Abiquiu, New Mexico, March 2, 2018 Slide Nuestra Senora de Luz Church and Cemetery, Canoncito, New Mexico, May 3, 2018 Slide House with Basketball Hoop, Mosquero, New Mexico, May 11, 2018 Slide School Gymnasium, St. Vrain, New Mexico, March 24, 2019
Slide Café Sign and Tree, Vaughn, New Mexico, September 23, 2018 Slide School Bus, Encino, New Mexico, September 30, 2018 Slide Abandoned House and Tree, Ludlow, California, March 25, 2018 Slide White House, Cedarvale, New Mexico, March 2, 2019 White House, Cedarvale, New Mexico, March 2, 2019 Slide Coffee Kiosk, Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 3, 2018 Slide Dry Goods Furniture Hardware Groceries & Feeds, Duran, New Mexico, March 2, 2019 Dry Goods Furniture Hardware Groceries & Feeds, Duran,
New Mexico, March 2, 2019
Slide Rancher Mural and Park Bench, Mosquero, New Mexico, March 10, 2018 Rancher Mural and Park Bench, Mosquero, New Mexico,
March 10, 2018
Slide Chinese Restaurant, Santa Rosa, New Mexico, April 18, 2018 Slide Number 4, Tucumcari, New Mexico, February 23, 2018 WPAImageSlider Western Motel, Vaughn, New Mexico, September 30, 2018 Western Motel, Vaughn, New Mexico, September 30, 2018 Slide Land of the Sun Theatre, Artesia, New Mexico, April 22, 2017 Slide Masonic Temple, Carrizozo, New Mexico, March 2, 2019 Slide Corona School, Corona, New Mexico, March 9, 2019 Slide Closed, Tucumcari, New Mexico, April 18, 2018