Issue 85 - April 2016
From the Assistant Editor:
Spring in southern New Mexico takes form in a number of ways. There is the steady resurrection of the landscape as the buds come to life (yes we do have greenery here!), the bees begin to buzz, and the northern dams are opened allowing water to fill the heart-breakingly dry Rio Grande. However, the most notable indications of spring, in my humble opinion, are the incessant dust storms. There's nothing quite like walking out your front door and getting hit in the teeth, eyes, and nostrils with fierce waves of dust. I wouldn't call it refreshing but it certainly wakes you up. My first thoughts always begin with a number of expletives, and when I retreat to safety, I actually enjoy watching the storms. It's like the natural build up of energy endured by winter stagnation explodes in a frenzy, withdrawals for a moment, and then explodes again! There is little subtlety to this landscape.
The work in this issue explores a variety of landscapes, and in many cases our complex human relationships to them. Some of the images presented in this issue take us to the quiet moments, while others are a bit louder, but all demand attention. We are very excited to bring together the work of Jesse Burke, Pato Hebert, Janelle Lynch, and Ahndraya Parlato. Leo Hsu joins in with an insightful review of Adam Ekberg's The Life of Small Things.
We are so fortunate, as photographers and artists, to have the opportunity and inclination to investigate whatever the hell gets us going, and to share it with one another. So cheers to that! And cheers to you! Happy spring, try not to eat too much dust.