“Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear - the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break... I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
"In contemporary culture, the American desert stands as a monumental symbol of emptiness, a vast, seemingly infinite landscape that has traditionally served as a powerful embodiment of the 'natural,' the untouched and the sublime. But a journey through the space of the desert reveals that the experience of its immensity and silence is just a mirage. Just beneath the muteness of its outward appearance, the sounds and traces of all kinds of activities, experiments, mysteries, fictions and utopias can be heard... If we want to know the future of America and its current excesses, a starting point might be to look here, in its 'empty' landscape: not as our predecessors did, as a vast expanse to be filled with the products of an expanding empire, but as a territory that is already incredibly, fascinatingly full."
-Michael Kubo, Desert America: Territory of Paradox
Shot at the White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona.
Music: #dmsn - New Mecca - soundcloud.com/chilltrap/dmsn-new-mecca