Now that University has finished, I am traveling home to Arizona. Photographically, I can switch gears from the urban fabric of London (and big city architectural challenges), to the vernacular architecture of the Southwestern United States. Particularly, I can start researching and photographing the adobe structures of Arizona and New Mexico.
My father manufactures, designs, and builds with a brick made of mud, stabilized with cement, and baked in the sun. He calls them adobe bricks but they are also know as earth bricks, mud bricks and are often compared to loam and other earthen materials, such as rammed earth. Adobe has been used in the Southwestern United states for thousands of years and has been used elsewhere in the world even longer, from Southern parts of the UK today, to the ancient Egyptians along the Nile. I would like to start photographing the historic and modern examples of adobe construction in Arizona and New Mexico, and show the vast enterprise of the modest mud brick. So I took my father on the road, to Santa Fe, New Mexico in search of pueblos, forts, and churches. Below are photos of a historic home in Santa Fe. More photos, including ones of the truly incredible Acoma Sky City, are here: http://jessa.clickgarden.net/?page_id=135