Cinder Cone OP
2,290 miles away from the place I currently call home is an desolate area of the country I once spent a large amount of my time immersed in, the borderlands of south Arizona. Although seemingly void of human life much of the time, many human eyes or man-made devices are keeping tabs on you as you travel through the area by land/air vehicle, walking, or pack animal. I am interested in the surveillance taking place in the timeless landscape of this area and the role the land plays.
An example of this is the cinder cone visible in the center of the satellite image above. This land feature is located apx. 1 1/2 mile north of the international border surrounded by miles of relatively flat terrain. This cinder cone has been used as a observation point (OP) for mobile camera, thermal, and radar platforms of the Border Patrol and National Guard since at least 2006.
This closer view of the cone shows the natural cover provided by the rock projection at the top. This natural feature provides visual cover for vehicle mounted surveillance devices from the south. This is an example of only one type of location I plan to photograph and photograph from.
It is important to understand that this is not a random point I found with Google Earth, but a place I have work around during a photo essay project in 2006. I discovered this location while searching the hills with my binoculars and saw something unnatural silhouetted on the crest of this volcanic cone. As it turns out I was observing my own observation, and with that realization you have the seeds of the project I am currently seeking funding for.
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