“Good Grace” by Photographer Elliot Ross

Photographer Elliot Ross (previously featured here) documents the landscape and residents of Colorado’s San Luis Valley in his latest series and upcoming photobook, “Good Grace.” Capturing the spirit of a landscape that stands in contrast, both economically and geographically, to Colorado’s aggressively developing Front Range and Western Slope, Ross’ photographs are infused with the tender intimacy of someone dedicated to understanding the complex dynamics of place through the stories and lived experiences of its inhabitants. Describing the context within which the work was made, Ross elaborates:

“With the ugliness of the 2020 Trump v. Biden presidential election reaching a crescendo and the prospects of the pandemic only worsening, the San Luis Valley felt like a fortress, or maybe an anomaly in space and time where the gravity of history in some ways holds this world firmly in a different epoch. Through it all, I was challenged by a dialectical take on the relationship between the casual anthropology photography can impose on complex strata of place an identity, balanced with my hope in the potential for art to raise consciousness around the topics of land, its use, history, and place.”

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