As a young girl, I grew up an Air Force brat. By the time I entered high school, I had lived in six different states. My tenth grade year, we moved to Zaragoza, Spain. Which, coming from a small town in Kansas, was a big change. We lived off base, in farming country. Lots of sheep! I went into the city to explore by myself and to go out with friends to "discotecas". My senior trip, we went to Mallorca for a week. Spain is amazing! When I finished school, we moved to Vegas . That year was 1988.
Zaragoza, where the base was located, is very much like a desert. In the summer, hot; in the winter, cold; and often, very windy! So returning to Vegas afterwards had its similarities. But it was lacking in the culture of a big city, which Zaragoza had.
Around 1993-94, I started to come out to Los Angeles, drawn by the electronic dance music scene. It was through dance music that I first experienced the beauty of the deserts of Southern California. I started to photograph the places I went and my experiences. I felt at home. After all, SoCal is a desert next to the ocean! The culture and creativity of the area and the people I met inspired me greatly and I moved to downtown Los Angeles in 1995. Those experiences in the SoCal desert are what called me to pick up a camera and play and create. And it has been almost 25 years. I hope to share some of that here.
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