To highlight the environmental contrasts in California’s Joshua Tree National Park, photographer Daniel Kukla schlepped a mirror and painter’s easel into the desert to capture intriguing image-within-an-image photographs. He calls the series “Edge Effect,” after the ecological effect caused by the juxtaposition of neighboring ecosystems. Kukla created the series during an artist’s residency this spring at Joshua Tree National Park.
While staying in the Park, I spent much of my time visiting the borderlands of the park and the areas where the low Sonoran desert meets the high Mojave desert. While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences. To document this unique confluence of terrains, I hiked out a large mirror and painter’s easel into the wilderness and captured opposing elements within the environment.
photos by Daniel Kukla