The Saguaro Cactus is an iconic symbol of the American Southwest, and unique to the Sonoran Desert. After living away from the desert since my early twenties, I have developed a nostalgic appreciation for this surreal and stark landscape that I loathed as a child and avoided as a young photographer.
On a recent trip home after an eight-year hiatus, I became a tourist taking photos of the desert flora. Over two hundred beautiful landscape photographs taken in the early morning hours of my birthday on a trip to the botanic garden were used as a starting point for this series about collecting, home and nostalgia. The laborious process of selecting out the plants, deconstructing the landscape, and adding a simple, solid color background, tie my complicated personal history into these montages.