Model: Ariel Thompson | Makeup by Stephanie Lopez
Having spent several weeks alone in the Mojave Desert a little less than a year ago, exploring and wandering and becoming closer to that region of America than any other I’ve visited, I cannot understand the destruction that has taken place in Joshua Tree National Park over the last several weeks during the government shutdown here in the United States.
The idea that anyone would feel comfortable chopping down such rare and iconic trees to clear a path for their vehicles is unconscionable. The way humans sometimes behave when they believe no one will hold them accountable is beyond my grasp. For now, I am heartbroken for Joshua Tree — but I plan to return to the desert soon to document the aftermath of the darker realities of human nature and the beautiful resilience of the American desert. It has taught me so much about life itself.
Megan Mockensturm in the studio, channeling the 1960s in classic style.
Los Angeles, 2018.
As a commercial photographer in Los Angeles, the reality of a contemporary society dominated by social media and a culture of cool is prevalent in my work and life in the city. "The Mojave” is a new, ongoing personal photo series exploring and documenting the Mojave Desert -- a region that seems to exist outside of time, largely untouched by contemporary society, existing only on its own terms.
I'm currently in Joshua Tree, California, working on a new photo series. I stopped for coffee early this morning and was excited to learn that one of my images from my recent shoot with model Ariel Thompson is up on Vogue Italia's PhotoVogue. (Makeup by Stephanie Lopez.)
In the studio last month with Los Angeles-based model Sunny Dae. Makeup by Stephanie Lopez.
One of my favorite outtakes from my shoot with actress Priscilla Ford at her lovely home in Hollywood.