Black Mesa

Western Landscape Photography: Jack Arnold Photography

West of the 100th Meridian there are lands of vision, hope, awe and fear. Mountains that were sacred to some were a curse to others. The canyons and badlands, once described as a "heckuva place to lose a cow in", are now favored destinations for visitors from around the world.

The American West symbolizes our sense of wonder, risk, adventure. We can find places where we imagine ourselves as one of only a few who have ever been there....places that, even though we may never visit them, assure us that there yet exists in this country an enchanting unknown.

The images on these pages are themselves symbols; while faithful to views that anyone may experience, they also present a personal comment on landscapes that evoke many emotions, but never indifference.