All Photos © Jake Rajs, Courtesy of The Monacelli Press. This image: Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona.
Jake Rajs’ recently published book, Carved by Time, captures the magnificence of the the southwestern landscape. ” There’s no place like the Desert Southwest. It’s a land of parched canyons, bleached solitudes, and bulwarks of intoxicating rock,” Hampton Sides writes in the book’s introduction. “It’s the country made famous by Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and Georgia O’Keeffe, a queer world of upheaval and stark finality cooked in an unforgiving forge. The scale of its dwarfs human beings, not only spatially but also chronologically, suggesting chasms of time that mock our relevance in the story of creation.”