Chris Bentley

Chris Bentley is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. His work has been exhibited in places such as the Photographic Resource Center, hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK and the Griffin Museum of Photography. His photographs have been featured in the books, “The Exposure Project: Book 4” and “My Own Wilderness,” as well as the publications 3200K Quarterly and Incandescent Magazine. In addition, his images have been featured extensively online, including Flakphoto, Humble Arts, ARTmostfierce, and Unless You Will. His films have been featured in numerous festivals throughout the country, including festivals in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and San Francisco.

Today we feature his series titled, Our Desert.

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Golfer, 2011

Our Desert

The desert area of the United States had been thinly populated and was one of the last areas of the country to be fully settled. Now, it’s experiencing a large amount of immigration from other areas of the country. As such, it’s representative of how the United States is changing, and it provides clues for what this country might look like in the near future.

I view this area of the United States as almost another planet. An arid and generally waterless place that man has somehow managed to colonize through massive government expenditure and technological intervention. A place once found so remote that it was decided that nuclear weapons testing should occur here.

Car/Turbines, 2011

Car/Turbines, 2011

It’s a place where a person can attempt to fulfill their dreams, the emptiness of the land providing a blank template. Those dreams can be mundane or grandiose. It’s a place for a fresh start, the center of a new religion, a gambling mecca, a dwelling for retirees. And to some, it’s a lost Eden. It’s where the American Dream can be found with all of its complications, promises, and little victories.

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Jay, 2012

Houses Behind Wall, 2012

Houses Behind Wall, 2012

Dune Buggies, 2012

Dune Buggies, 2012

Mining Truck, 2012

Mining Truck, 2012

Fireworks, 2010

Fireworks, 2010

Missile Park, 2004

Missile Park, 2004

Uptown Plaza, 2009

Uptown Plaza, 2009

Escaped Dog, 2010

Escaped Dog, 2010

Goat, 2007

Goat, 2007

Man at Rodeo, 2005

Man at Rodeo, 2005

Mountain Near Death Valley, 2011

Mountain Near Death Valley, 2011

Couple on Mountain, 2003

Couple on Mountain, 2003

Car Wash, 2010

Car Wash, 2010

To view more of Chris’s work please visit his website.



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