President's - A/W 2015

President's selected me as the featured artist for their A/W 2015 campaign. I feel totally blown away to have been included, and follow four other artists in the series: Peter Sutherland, Hugh Holland, Joseph Szabo, and Ari Marcopolous. 

Check out the press release here or pick up a copy of the AW 2015 issues of Fantastic Man, Port, and Inventory.  

'Mountains Beyond Mountains'

Republished from The Blogazine.

I drive America every summer. Its emptiness is an escape from the hypersocial day-to-day of London and Milan. A rest stop is the opposite of a café. A freeway is the inverse of a high street. Junkers, off-ramps, food stamps, big skies and Evangelical extremism. Skinny dipping in Kansas creeks, Polaroids, parking lots, backroad singalongs.

The temples are the dead malls. They are Meccas. Massive monoliths. Sun-baked carcasses on the contracting edges of once-swollen cities. Surrounded by endless square miles of painted, partitioned pavement. Victor Gruen's bastard babies, once auspicious and buzzing, driven to death by genericness.

They are the casualties of capitalism. They are stunning, stern and impossibly quiet. Festooned with rusting logotypes and label scars from once-proud enterprises. Bullock’s. BEST. Montgomery Ward. Dead innovators. Passed away populists.
 

‘Cause on the surface the city lights shine
They’re calling at me, come and find your kind
Sometimes I wonder if the World’s so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl
Living in the sprawl
Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains
And there’s no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights
- Arcade Fire, Sprawl, 2011
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Check out the full feature here

"Rio Arriba"

The photo series Rio Arriba – shot around northern New Mexico in early 2013 – was featured on The Blogazine alongside a poem to the place: 

Roll on down Oñate, ese 
Roll your blunt down Riverside, bro 
Spark it with a vacha, ese

He dreamed of going elsewhere but ya amaneció

Red or green in black in white
Fiestas y luego a bonfire by night
Jail and biscochitos and a single-wide home

Overdose 
Comatose
adobe and om (ओं).

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http://www.theblogazine.com/2013/05/tag-christof-rio-arriba

Voigtländer Bessa R4 on Ilford Delta.