Piece description from the artist
The broad landscape of the American Southwest is covered with subtle and enduring phenomena that encapsulate the spirit of the region. From its beginnings as Native land and rite, to the shocking extremity of encroaching peoples, and finally its current state, the spirt of the landscape retains a solemn and proud subtext. While visiting Two Guns ghost town east of Flagstaff, AZ, a town empty and decaying… this tree stood weathered, worn, and proud against the heat and elements. There is wisdom and history there in that tree… telling the tale of where we began, where we are, and where we are going.
Kevin Lange is a photographer living in central New Mexico. Born and bred a child of the "Four Corners":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Corners_Monument landscape, he explores the roots of "Western Expansionism":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_destiny, and its role in the ever-evolving state of our existence.
Kevin’s work aims to bring to light the inimitable, and often contradictory beauty that exemplifies the landscapes, destinations, and unique brand of individuals that make up the American West.