For about a year and a half my cousin, Erik Petersen and I have been working on a project photographing artists. Erik is an artist that works on patinas for many artists that work in bronze. We came up with the idea to photograph the entire process of making bronzes, from what inspires the artists, to sculpting the pieces and right through the artisans that take the clay and bring them to life in bronze. We collaborated on the ideas for 7 artists and a handful of artisans and shot all the work over a year and a half involving 6 trips to Arizona where all the artists live.
Our trips took us to a horse ranch in Southern Arizona, climbing down to ancient ruins on the Hopi Indian Reservation, wading in ice cold water in Oak Creek Canyon, a wildlife refuge outside of Phoenix and all around the beautiful state of Arizona.
The show is called Inspiration to Creation: The Hidden Life Behind Bronze and will be on view from November 15, 2014 through March 1, 2015 at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, AZ. I am truly grateful to be a part of this and the fine people at the museum who really gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted in bringing this to life. And most of all the artists themselves (John Coleman, Deborah Fellows, Evelyn Fredericks, Susan Kliewer, Bill Nebeker, Kim Obrzut & Ken Rowe) that welcomed us into their homes and accommodated our every whim, for the sake of a better shot.