Photographer Highlight: Fred Askew
Photographer Highlight: Fred Askew
*Please Note: I’m in the process of restoring this blog because it went offline in 2012. It’s coming back with some great content.
I want to highlight a photographer that I stumbled across on Instagram, whose work I am very pleased with because it is so emotive and reminds me of the romantic Victorian era but placed in the context of post-modern times.
Fred’s work is spectacular in the essence…
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Fred Askew sent me this photo via Gmail because I’m a BIG FAN of his work! 👉 @photoaskew! Checkout his gallery and show some support! @photoaskew👈 I would collaborate on a photoshoot with this photographer.
Traveling through the backcountry in my way back to #Tucson after spending time in #Nogales. I never knew there were vineyards in this part of the Southwest. #NoCountryForOldMen
Off in the distance is Glen Canyon Dam. As beloved, Edward Abbey would declare it; “the Damnation of Glen Canyon.” No more free-flowing Colorado River. It was probably thee most beautiful canyon in all of the Southwest now stagnating under hundreds of feet dirty, radio-active reservoir waters of “Lake” Powell. It aches knowing the extent of the destruction of archeological and indigenous sacred sites and 90% of the natural beauty of Glen Canyon. The Navajo People ended up getting the short end of the stick in the deal. In all this strangeness, Lake Powell is all that I know or have memories.
Miniature waterfalls found in the Subway of Zion National Park.
Crossing the border into Mexico…
#Decolonization has nothing to do with race, it has to everything to do in regards to changing our outlook on history, changing our outlook for the future, and realizing that our common enemy is greed. I personally do not believe in race; it’s a social construct to me. #Colonialism is about greed… It’s destroying America now. What happened to indigenous people over hundreds of years will now affect average American citizens going into the future. What hurts and destroys one group of human beings will eventually hurt all of us; it’s a trickle down affect. #selfportrait
Supertramp Bus in Beryl, Utah
I photographed this near Modena on July 4th, 2014. It’s a neat old bus, off the highway a bit, with two abandoned trailer homes nearby that have been wind torn and beaten by the desert.
This landscape reminded me of, No Country For Old Men. With the spooky wind blowing across these vast spaces, it is a reality if harshness… Perfect for a Coen Brothers Production. This is another shot of a ranch scene within about 200 feet of the actual US/Mexico borderline. The only sign of life I found out here were “minutemen” with high-powered rifles, sitting in the backs of pickup trucks; they looked too intimidating to say hello to…
Seriously America, it’s time to #decolonize! How bout Hotel Hitler; sound a little offensive!? I think so… And while we’re at it, let’s scrap #Columbus Day!
This is the beautiful morning in the border town of #Naco #Mexico… If any of you have relatives from this tiny settlement in #Sonora, please tag them. I want to network and meet more people down that way! 😊
So I’ve engaged quite a few excursions venturing along the border between Mexico and the US. The next few photos are from some of these trips. Despite warnings by locals to stay out of some of these areas it is my desire to know the truth… During the course of these trips I was stopped by border patrol agents about six times, and harassed by a group of them in #ElPaso because I looked suspicious carrying a camera and sporting Utah plates on an off road Jeep. They all thought I was trying to smuggle people across the border! In Southern Arizona they were kinder, more talkative; I met one dude whose buddy was in the border patrol and was murdered by a rifle that was trafficked illegally into Mexico by Operation Fast & Furious which has become a huge scandal involving by the ATF and the DEA, and implicating Eric Holder, our beloved US Attorney General. I’ll try to avoid going into all the details and just show some of the pics.
Post Apocalyptic Arizona.
Here’s another amazing photo of the #MilkyWay with an ancient set of petroglyphs by Rick Parchen @parchenphotography. Go read more about it on his feed. If you’re not already following this spectacular artist, you better scoot ‘n boogie on over! @parchenphotography 😆👊