desert


6
Jan 10

Leonard Knight, maker of monuments

Leonard Knight at Salvation Mountain © Tony Gale

Leonard Knight at Salvation Mountain © Tony Gale

Leonard Knight

There should be more Leonard Knights in the world.

Leonard is a simple man. In his late 70′s, he is hard of hearing and becoming fragile. He lives in a 20 foot trailer 150 miles from what most of us would call a real city; in the desert, on abandoned military land. He has no electricity and brings water to his home in a 200 gallon tank. Leonard calls it paradise.

Driven by a singular passion, Leonard Knight has devoted decades to constructing a monument. A monument in paint and straw bale and mud to love and God…..Crackpot? Corny? Weirdo? Yes on all counts, by contemporary standards. But Leonard doesn’t care much about contemporary standards. Leonard has nothing to sell.

So if you get lost in the desert some dark night, and don’t like scorpions, or rattlesnakes, or the cold, or the heat, or the loneliness; stop by Leonard’s. He’ll probably say, “thanks for coming by, would you like a blanket and something to drink”?

There should be more Leonard Knights in the world.

Nominated and described by David Zimmerman

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9
Dec 09

David Zimmerman, photographer

David Zimmerman, photographer. Photographed at the Imperial Sand Dunes, © Tony Gale

David Zimmerman, photographer. Photographed at the Imperial Sand Dunes, © Tony Gale

David Zimmerman, photographer

David Zimmerman is an amazing photographer. He has won numerous awards, including the 2009 L’iris D’Or, for his work in White Sands. He built a solar powered studio in Taos, NM that gets all its water from rain… in the desert! He is a pilot and built a plane from a kit. He has lived in all four continental US time zones.  He is passionate about his personal projects, and on the strength of his photographs,  able to get visibility and attention for places that need all the attention they can get. He is basically what I think all photographers want to be.

Nominated and described by Tony Gale