Saguaro Cactus, AIO Highway, Arizona, 2007
(c) Jeffrey Aaronson/All rights reserved

Border Patrol, All Terrain Vehicles, Laredo, Texas, 2008
(c) Jeffrey Aaronson/All rights reserved

Sister Maria, Palomas, Arizona, 2007
(c) Jeffrey Aaronson/All rights reserved

The border between the United States and Mexico is a construct beginning at the Pacific, snaking through the southwest desert and ending in the Gulf of Mexico. The borderland, the zone existing near the frontier, is an area of messy vitality by virtue of the collision of cultures living within it's boundaries. To live in the borderland is to live at the end of the country, the last place before another place starts.

JEFFREY AARONSON was born in Hollywood, California and lives and works in Santa Barbara. He traveled the border of the United States and Mexico, "a region of low-rise towns and deserts dotted with saguaro cacti and aluminum trailers", in search of cultural phenomena. Aaronson's work has been exhibited at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich and N.Y., Photo Miami, Houston Center for Photographys 27th Anniversary Members Exhibition (Juror´s Commendation from Katharine Ware), David Floria Gallery, Aspen, Colorado and Scope Basel. He was a 2009 Critical Mass Finalist, nominated for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize 2009, won the 2002 Graphis Award from American Photography, among several others. Jeffrey was one of 100 photographers invited to participate in Review Santa Fe 2009. Please click on images to see the photographs enlarged.

Jeffrey Aaronson Website
Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich


layers said...

Yes, that border is certainly complex in so many ways, but the idea that one can stand on one side and be in one country and take some steps across and be in another country can be surreal.

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A "cheery" disposition said...

wow i love those pictures.

Deidra said...

I love that woman and her Jesus bus.

Lyn said...

And a bus named Salvation is coming for me..so American..great shots..thanks!

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Tao Dao Man said...

I live in Az. these are great picture. when i first moved to the desert i thought i would hate it. Now, i am in love with it. It brings me an inner peace, of mind cleansing.