contemporary, conceptual, cinematic

Project Statements

Night Water : Project Statement

Phoenix appears harsh and intense under the bright daylight sun, yet beautiful and even magical at night when color becomes palatable, sultry and saturated. From dusk to deep night is a time when color reveals itself as tangible. I wanted to capture this heady mix while giving center stage to the Phoenix canals. There are nine canal systems in the Valley, my series Night Water is from large portions of three of those systems. Images submitted are from the Arizona Canal and the Grand Canal. Photographed between February - November, 2016.

Some people have noted that the series is redolent of John Atkinson Grimshaw’s paintings of the Thames at night. Some have characterized his work as gloomy but others feel that capturing the special light at dusk is anything but gloomy because in many ways, it allows us to see more clearly what was there all along. Paradoxically, it illuminates - while the searing sun rays earlier in the day obscure.

For more info on the canals visit - by no means is this an exhaustive list:

http://www.srpnet.com/water/canals/history.aspx

http://arizonaoddities.com/2011/07/why-does-the-valley-have-a-canal-system-and-how-does-it-work/

http://arizonaexperience.org/remember/hohokam-canals-prehistoric-engineering

 Arizona Canal

Arizona Canal

 Grand Canal

Grand Canal

 Western Canal

Western Canal

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