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Michael Gordon’s Portraits of Joshua Trees

Michael Gordon’s Portraits of Joshua Trees

Long Beach photographer Michael E. Gordon is a champion of overlooked deserts, preferring the quiet corners of the Mojave to the more obvious drama of places like the Grand Canyon. Now he takes on a similarly ignored and yet most deserving desert resident–the Joshua tree–in an exhibit opening November 5, 2011, at the historic Kelso Depot in Mojave National Preserve. While spending time amongst the trees Gordon says he began to realize each was as “wholly distinct as humans. Each specimen seems infused with individual form, character and stories.” The tree was named by Mormon settlers who noted the prayerful…

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Michael Gordon’s Desert Photography on View in Long Beach

Michael Gordon’s Desert Photography on View in Long Beach

The desert drew modernists like Cady Wells and Dorr Bothwell, but also inspires more formal, almost old-fashioned (in a good way) interpretations. For a chance to see the latter, stop by the Long Beach El Dorado Nature Center Art Gallery for a show of Michael E. Gordon’s black-and-white photographs of the California desert. Long Beach resident Gordon is a California native who has been obsessed with the state’s mountains and deserts his whole life. His deliberative photos—made with a 4”x5” view camera–range from Anza- Borrego to the  Mojave, Death Valley and Joshua Tree. He’s spent time at the Salton Sea,…

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