Desert Solitaire

Based on autobiographical work by Edward Abby: “Desert Solitaire: A season in the Wilderness”

Photography: Jessica Evrard

Model: Morgana Fata

Assistant: Nell Donovan

Quote from the book, accompanying the photoshoot:

“I am here not only to evade for a while the clamour and filth and confusion of the cultural apparatus but also to confront, immediately and directly if it’s possible, the bare bones of existence, the elemental and fundamental, the bedrock which sustains us. I want to be able to look at and into a juniper tree, a piece of quartz, a vulture, a spider, and see it as it is in itself, devoid of all humanly ascribed qualities, anti-Kantian, even the categories of scientific description. To meet God or Medusa face to face, even if it means risking everything human in myself. I dream of a hard and brutal mysticism in which the naked self merges with a nonhuman world and yet somehow survives still intact, individual, separate. Paradox and bedrock.”