This photo series provides a portrait of the process
of development that is quickly overtaking the desert peripheries of Las
Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Los Angeles. Here in the suburban periphery,
the landscape is scraped bare, re-sculpted, sealed, and then covered so
as not to erode away. These systems of control prepare the land for habitation
and also guard it against the natural forces of the desert environment.
These photographs document the interactions and contrasts between this manmade
environment and natural elements of the desert ecology that it resists and
attempts to control.