big light, sighted objects is an exploration of the three-legged relationship among object, site, and body. Set in the landscape of the Rio Grande Watershed, it is revealed through a series of handmade pinhole film cameras, each with unique capabilities. The project is tied to three distinct ecoregions: the Rio Grande headwaters, the Gila Wilderness, and Big Bend State Park. At each of these sites, I assigned a category of seeing, and then designed a camera to suit -- for example: expanse, the peripheral, and the unseen. Each design was a response to the last, and occurred in a kind of evolutionary succession as the use of one camera would lead to new thoughts on how we, as humans, see and experience the world. This project was developed in conjunction with the Land Arts of the American West program in 2014.

  The DF72 : Douglas Fir pinhole camera. Designed to see expanse. 4x5 film. .35mm aperture, 72mm focal length. 2014.

The DF72: Douglas Fir pinhole camera. Designed to see expanse. 4x5 film. .35mm aperture, 72mm focal length. 2014.

  Lockstep:  Gila Wilderness 2014

Lockstep: Gila Wilderness 2014

  The AJ-38:  Alligator Juniper pinhole camera designed with an elongated and curved film plane to see peripherally as other animals are adapted to see, but humans are not. 35mm film. .2mm aperture. 38mm focal length. 2014.

The AJ-38: Alligator Juniper pinhole camera designed with an elongated and curved film plane to see peripherally as other animals are adapted to see, but humans are not. 35mm film. .2mm aperture. 38mm focal length. 2014.

 Installation view of the  M22Twin  and  As I was walking... 2014:    The  M22Twin  is designed to be worn on any unsighted part of the body. It is constructed of mesquite and aluminum, has two apertures of .15mm each, a 22mm focal length, and uses 120mm film. Pinhole exposures require more time than it is possible to keep the body still. Any imagery generated by this camera will be abstracted by motion. The intent is to see what I miss while I am looking. The  M22Twin  allows me to capture the world not as I see it, but as I physically participate in it.  As I was walking... are images from the  M22Twin  recorded in Big Bend State Park, TX. They are printed at human scale to express the notion of a body moving through a field of light. 

Installation view of the M22Twin and As I was walking...2014:  The M22Twin is designed to be worn on any unsighted part of the body. It is constructed of mesquite and aluminum, has two apertures of .15mm each, a 22mm focal length, and uses 120mm film. Pinhole exposures require more time than it is possible to keep the body still. Any imagery generated by this camera will be abstracted by motion. The intent is to see what I miss while I am looking. The M22Twin allows me to capture the world not as I see it, but as I physically participate in it. As I was walking...are images from the M22Twin recorded in Big Bend State Park, TX. They are printed at human scale to express the notion of a body moving through a field of light.