Diablo Mountains, Arizona – Ancient America

Diablo Mountains, Arizona – Ancient America

After a sudden burst of inspiration followed by a rather long spell of very interesting projects that barely touched in the realm of my photography mainstay, I’m back with a new project that embraces a new set of principles I’ve been incorporating into my life – chiefly minimalism. I wanted to present a new series of images that are far from my usual style of highly polished, intensively edited photographs of wildlife and landscapes from around North America. For this project, I wanted to keep things simple, forget the editing almost completely and break my work down into their barest essentials. Forgoing even color and touch-ups, I’m aiming for a grainy, imperfect, rugged approach that portrays a more primal, eternal and partially portentous Ancient America.

Diablo Mountains, Arizona

Diablo Mountains, Arizona

This incredible wild and harsh desert near the Mexican town of Sonoyta is deep in the Ajo Mountain range in Southern Pima County, Arizona. Saguaro cacti, gila monsters, rattlesnakes, scorpions, tarantulas, a searing sun are staples of this dangerous part of the Sonoran Desert, and there is a long, deep history among the remnants of the Tohono O’odham Nation who thrived here for centuries, and the ancestral Puebloans who created a vibrant culture here before them. click image to enlarge.

                                                                                          

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Rich Leighton
September 23, 2015
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Pro photographer, writer, master naturalist, Florida native in the PNW, lucky husband, father of two boys, big hockey and soccer fan, and native orchid hunter.

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