Dean M. Chriss
The Elemental Desert #1
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This is the first in a series of photographs from an area I recently discovered.
Experiencing this place was for me like going back to the early 1980s, before Arches, Canyonlands, and the town of Moab became overcrowded
and overdeveloped. Before people had carved their names on rocks all around Dead Horse Point. Before
the roads and overlooks in Canyonlands were paved and railed. Before traffic
congestion at Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, and other national parks forced visitors to ride busses.
Before so much of the American desert was destroyed by off road vehicles. When,
except for your own breathing, the only audible sound in most of the vast desert was
the movement of air over the landscape.
The place shown here has existed mostly unchanged for millennia. It will soon become one
of the countless unspoiled landscapes America has lost.