Culvert Views is a series of photographs shot in Santa Fe, NM along the Acequia Madre (Mother Ditch), an acequia that dates back to the 17th century. Acequias are a community-operated watercourse used for irrigation. The systems of ditches and canals are found in throughout the Americas in former Spanish colonies. Shot through culverts while the acequia was dry, this series offers an intimate perspective on how humans alter the land and our relationship to natural resources. This work was created during an 8 week residency focused on Water Rights at the Santa Fe Art Institute (2017).
During the residency, I was drawn to the Acequia Madre, the main artery that once fed the veins of ditches throughout the city. Though few acequias remain active in Santa Fe, the Acequia Madre is maintained. I attempted to walk the length of the acequia loosing sections that dipped under city streets or became inaccessible through private property.