Bruce Haley: Winter & Home Fires

Bruce Haley, known for his hard-hitting war and documentary work, turns his camera homeward, to the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley where he spent his childhood and the western Great Basin region where the artist currently resides.'Winter' gives a glimpse into the earliest traces of winter, the height of the snow season, and the melt-time within the western Great Basin region. Devoid of people and interiors, Winter provides seemingly calm and quiet photographs of the reality of winter on a modern day frontier. The photographs in Home Fires Vol. I and II were taken during the height of a crippling drought in the state of California. The resulting images, haunting and melancholy, play out against the larger framework of contentious water politics and land use issues. The poet and writer Kirsten Rian provides the accompanying text. Special thanks to Katy Bucher for producing the video!!