Sixty-two photographs - color and black and white - of the desert Southwest, taken between 2006 and 2010. The subjects of the photographs are the sand dunes of Death Valley National Park and White Sands National Monument; stones and sky in the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Joshua Flats, and Tonto National Monument; and the Joshua Trees of Joshua Flats. And always present is the desert light that is the real subject of the book. With an introductory essay by Morris Berman.
I started in photography in 1960, when I was 15 years old. During the next 45 years I mostly pursued an academic career in human anatomy and cell biology, using photography as a research tool in light- and electron-microscopy. I retired from the University of New Mexico in 2005, in order to make photography my principle occupation. Over the years I have been inspired by Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Gene Smith, Ansel Adams, Minor White, and other photographers whose pictures have suggested meanings that go beyond the content of the photographs and that are difficult or impossible to express in words. My intention as a photographer is to make pictures that create such possibilities for the viewer.