In case you’re joining us for the first time, let me explain one of our central beliefs: deserts are magical wonderlands full of living dreams and fantastical beings (human and otherwise). It’s just a theory, but it seems entirely plausible that New Mexico is the actual center of the universe, the seat of all planetary magics. Maybe. Probably.
Ecstatic overstatement aside, Caleb Marc Chavez's work is reason enough to consider the southwestern US a cosmic nexus. In addition to sharp and endearing portraiture, Chavez's work pulls deeply from his surroundings in New Mexico, all of which are word-destroyingly beautiful.
That ability to short-circuit language is assuredly an intended effect in Chavez’s photography, which often invokes just enough indeterminacy to avoid cliche, while still foregrounding archetypal beauty. It confounds analytical viewing, flooding emotion over theory. Scrubby mountain passes, huge skies, and monolithic rock formations are all in attendance, but with inventive composition and a unique subtlety. It’s work of trance, timelessness, and unbridled love.
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