West Texas Talk:
Photographer Daniel Lombardi Captures Border Geography
A warm breeze rattles the invasive cane as night falls. What effect a border fence might have on the work to eradicate the invasive giant river cane that has taken over the Rio Grande? The current efforts to fight it require controlled burns and close cooperation with Mexico. (Daniel Lombardi)
Northern Coahuila, Mexico, January, 2017. (Daniel Lombardi)
A border fence looking rough as it goes around a historic border monument in Tecate, Mexico. (Daniel Lombardi)
Mariscal Canyon in Big Bend National Park forms a formidable barrier to international crossings. (Daniel Lombardi)
Volcanic cones dote the borderlands in Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in northern Sonora and the mountains of southern Arizona. (Daniel Lombardi)
The border fence rolls across a sandy horizon in Imperial Sand Dunes National Recreation Area in California. (Daniel Lombardi)
Starlight illuminates the U.S. – Mexico border seen from Coronado National Memorial in Arizona (Daniel Lombardi)
In a dusty corner of Organ Pipe National Monument, where the sounds of children playing soccer drift over the border fence, a path leads to a memorial where Chris Eggle was killed by a cartel hit squad in 2002.
Chris Eggle was a law enforcement Park Ranger and his death prompted park managers to close nearly 70 percent of the monument in 2003. Though some small areas were later reopened, Organ Pipe remained largely closed to the public for over a decade. (Daniel Lombardi)
Rugged country between Juarez and El Paso defies fencing and blurs any clear concept of a strict border line (Daniel Lombardi)
Along the border fence, cars speed down Interstate 10 in El Paso, Texas. To the south, the Rio Grande flows through its concrete bed, past Juarez, Mexico. (Daniel Lombardi)
Daniel Lombardi is a photographer who works on long-term documentary photography projects. He spent six weeks traveling along the border from West Texas to California, photographing politically contentious landscapes.
He wanted to see if the landscape and the geography would reflect the political divisions that have been thrust upon them. From border villages to border cities he photographed the walls and fences built years ago and he hiked up rugged mountains to photograph the landscapes that could still be divided by a wall.
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