256 pages, 9.8 × 12.4 × 1.1 in
October 2, 2014
The Monacelli Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1580932185
ISBN - 13: 9781580932189
Read from the Book
From: "Nature Exposed" by Hampton SidesFOR THOSE OF US who are drawn to the Desert Southwest, and especially for those of us who’re lucky enough to live in its abiding magnificence, this book is not only a work of art—it’s a reaffirmation of a love affair, a kind of renewal of vows. When I first came to live in New Mexico, fifteen years ago, I went around for months with a dumbfounded expression on my face. I couldn’t believe I lived here, amongst all this surreal and spectral beauty. I couldn’t shake my enchantment with this high and dry landscape—a landscape so different from the South where I was raised, or from the East where I’d lived most of my young adulthood. There was something about it, some delicate combination of the light, the latitude, the altitude, and the bone-dryness of the air, that was ineffably powerful. I really felt I’d landed in a part of heaven. Nearly every day, I saw dramas of geology and meteorology, dramas of wind and erosion, that slayed me. My stupefaction eventually wore off, of course. New Mexico became my home, and its strange and dynamic beauty became—not ho-hum, by any means—but part of the daily panorama of my life. The places that Jake Rajs has captured with such power and grace in these pages take me back to that first feeling of being utterly smitten with a landscape. There’s no place like the Desert Southwest. It is real estate without peer, without comparison, sui generis. It’s a land of parched canyons, bleached solitudes, and bulwark
From the Publisher
“There's no place like the Desert Southwest. It's a land of parched canyons, bleached solitudes, and bulwarks of intoxicating rock. A land of sky islands, cinder cones, and mesas the size of battleships, crisscrossed by two great river drainages, the Colorado and the Rio Grande. It's the country made famous by Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and Georgia O'Keeffe, a queer world of upheaval and stark finality cooked in an unforgiving forge. The scale of it dwarfs human beings, not only spatially but also chronologically, suggesting chasms of time that mock our relevance in the story of creation.”
These dramatic rock formations, carved by the wind and shaped by water, and the vivid colors of the landscape are the subject of Jake Rajs's portrait of the Southwest—encompassing the natural beauty of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Featured are well-known and heavily visited national parks including Mesa Verde and Black Canyon in Colorado, Zion and Arches in Utah, the Vermilion Cliffs in Arizona, and Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico.
Rajs has studied the indigenous culture and architecture of this rich area, focusing on the ancient traditions and buildings of the Navajo, Hopi, and Anasazi and how they are integrated with the landscape. His portfolio of photographs of Bonito Pueblo in Chaco Canyon and of Canyon de Chelly capture the essence of antiquity that pervades these revered archeological sites.
About the Author
Jake Rajs has traveled across America and throughout the world to capture the image and spirit of place. His work is widely published, and his books include the highly successful Beyond the Dunes: A Portrait of the Hamptons, These United States, The Hudson River, and New York City of Islands.
Hampton Sides is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and the author of the international best-seller, Ghost Soldiers, as well as Americana, Stomping Grounds, and most recently, Hellhound on His Trail. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Anne, and their three sons.