December 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment




December is upon us and it’s busier than Santa’s workshop here preparing prints for my hotly anticipated show It’s a Mess Without You, opening February 18 at Porch Gallery - Ojai. The solo exhibit will feature new work from my Desert Windows series, as well as the eponymous image that seems to have captured everyone’s imagination.


"It's a Mess Without You!" - Cinco CA - 2011"It's a Mess Without You!" - Cinco CA - 2011First printed: 2014

I had been photographing the abandoned trailers at this site for four years before capturing this image. The same room appears in an earlier photograph Desert Kitchen - Cinco, CA - 2010, before the sink was pried out and some unknown person or persons were moved to add this memorable inscription to the scene. As a documentary photographer, I can only bear witness to the aftermath of such events, wondering like you, who may have spray-painted the note, in what circumstance, and for which intended audience. Whatever the author’s intention, this image has caught the imagination of a wide range of people on a personal level, leading to rampant, engaging speculation as to the full story. The large-size print edition is on its way to selling out, but a smaller-size edition is available as well.

Between Two Seas (Tra Due Mare) – MAAAC Museo Area Archeologica Arte Contemporanea – Cisternono, Italy – 2018
Scapes – 3-person exhibit curated by Hayley Marie Colston – Unita – El Segundo, CA – 2018
Annual Benefit Auction - LA Art Association – West Hollywood, CA - 2017
It's a Mess Without You - Solo Show – Porch Gallery - Ojai, CA - 2017
Artillery Magazine - Feature Story by Betty Ann Brown - 2017
Photo LA – The REEF - Los Angeles, CA – 2017
Finalist - FOCUS Photo – 2016
Office Hours The Main Museum – Los Angeles, CA - 2016
Museum Tour (Solo Show) - Venice Institute of Contemporary Art/Gypsy Trails Gallery - Torrance Art Museum - 2015
Boom: a Journal of California - Framing the Desert - Summer 2015
West Hollywood Lifestyle Magazine - Premiere Issue - Winter 2014
The Life of Things - SCA Project Gallery - Pomona, CA - 2014
KCET Artbound: High & Dry - A Collaboration Surveying the American Desert - May 21, 2014
Solo Exhibition - Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 - 2014

"It's a Mess Without You!" - Cinco, CA - 2011

The photo is currently on exhibit at The Main Museum. If you haven’t checked out Downtown LA’s newest cultural nexus, the inaugural art installation runs through December 18, highlighting work from the legendary neighborhood’s creative denizens.

It’s a Mess Without You! will also be on view at Photo LA (January 12-15) as one of 20 finalists for the FOCUS Award. Wish me luck! And speaking of Photo LA, starting this year they’ve aligned with Month of Photography LA to create CONVERGE. In the spirit of all that, I also have work in the MOPLA-curated group show happening at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood January 19-30.

Finally, since UPS trucks are our modern-day sleighs, I’ve selected a semi as December’s Photo of the Month:


Passing the Truck with Lights All Around - Twentynine Palms Highway - Morongo Valley, CA - 2015Passing the Truck with Lights All Around - Twentynine Palms Highway - Morongo Valley, CA - 2015First printed: 2016

Scapes – Solo Exhibit Curated by Hayley Marie Colston – Unita – El Segundo, CA – 2018
Pinholes & Infrareds - Chungking Studio - Los Angeles, CA - 2016
Abstract Never Is - curated by Juri Koll & Mishelle Moross - MuzeuMM - Los Angeles, CA - 2016

Passing the Truck with Lights All Around - Twentynine Palms Highway - Morongo Valley, CA - 2015

This festive image from my Flirting with Disaster series is available for purchase at 20% off directly from Chungking Studio in either large (24x36") or medium-size (17x22”) limited edition prints through December 31. Please contact us for details.


Happy holidays. And see you on the Porch!


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