I was raised in a Phoenix neighborhood called Sunnyslope. I graduated from Sunnyslope High School in 1996, after which I studied, travelled and worked all over the country and overseas. Eventually, I returned to Phoenix, bought a home in Sunnyslope, and resumed hanging out with friends I’ve had since Kindergarten. This pattern is often repeated among former residents of Sunnyslope, hence it’s known as the “Vortex.” In 2007, I went camping with some Vortex friends at Lake Powell, where I shot all of these images on 35mm film.
We pitched tents on a beach. Being Memorial Day weekend in the desert, it was so damn hot we basically just stood in the lake all day, like this:
The next morning, I awoke before boat rush hour, and captured this lovely moment during sunrise:
Later, we toured Antelope Canyon, which is a beautiful sandstone canyon near Page, Arizona. The image below was the very first fine art print I sold – to a stranger – at the Sunnyslope Art Walk a couple years later:
Several images from the Antelope Canyon series were exhibited in 2010 in David Lujan’s office.
This one is my favorite; not sure why, I just love the mysterious feeling of it.
I hope these images bring a little bit of stillness to your day. Enjoy!