The Painted Desert series grew out of a collaboration with the performance troupe Vessel. Part photography, part costume design, and part interactive performance, the project was commissioned by the Mesa Arts Center last year.
A lot of planning and hard work went into the photoshoot in the Painted Desert and it was immensely fun. But the real highlight of the project was presenting the work at the Spark! Festival in Mesa, Arizona.
As a photographer, I’ve presented my images in a variety of formats and venues over the years—magazines, gallery shows, books, film, etc. But the Spark! performance was something altogether new for me. We projected the photographs on people and objects as part of the performance piece. The entire arts complex became a moving art gallery of sorts, with images flowing across walls, ceilings, floors, and even people in the audience.
As you can see in the photos below, the Vessel performers became living screens for the projected images.
Vessel is the brainchild of Rachel Bowditch, a respected performance artist recently named one of today’s 100 top creatives by Origin Magazine. It was a joy and an honor to work with her. For more about Rachel’s work, check out her website Vessel Project.
Here are a few more photos from the series. For more images, check out the slideshow here.