THE EDGE EFFECT In March of 2012 I lived in a cabin for a month within southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. While staying in the Park, I spent much of my time visiting the borderlands of the park and the areas where the low Sonoran desert meets the high Mojave desert. While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences. To document this unique confluence of terrains, I hiked out a large mirror and painter’s easel into the wilderness and captured opposing elements within the environment. Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself.

30"x30" c-prints
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Daniel Kukla is an American artist that currently resides in New York City. He is a graduate of The
International Center of Photography program in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. Prior to his photographic education he attended The University of Toronto and received his B.Sc. in Evolutionary Ecology, Biology, and Evolutionary Human Anatomy. He works at the juncture of these disciplines, focusing in on creating images, sculptures, and installations that have the power to articulate our ever-changing relationship with the natural world. His work has been exhibited in the United States, UK, Burma, Canada, China, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, and Spain, and has been published in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, La Repubblica, Spiegle, On Earth Magazine, Guernica Magazine, Esquire, and National Geographic.