Daniel Kukla: Mirrors in the Desert
Daniel Kukla placed a large mirror on an easel in the Joshua Tree National park in southern California, and created some incredible photos.He then angled the mirror so it would capture the beautiful horizon of the desert in sharp contrast to the landscape directly behind the easel.
“Most of my work involves the environment or relations with nature so it seemed like a natural fit. There was no one around but coyotes and other animals, I knew it would be a big challenge. I had no Internet or cell phone reception while I was out there, which is difficult in a lot of ways, especially while you’re coming up with a project.”
The views in his rear view mirror inspired him to experiment with shooting pictures of mirrors he placed outdoors. “I wanted to place the mirrors so you see two terrains within one image.” After several tests, he decided to use a 36 x 36-inch mirror he set on an easel. To buy the mirror, he had drive to a Home Depot. He recalls, “It was so strange to be inserted in the wilderness and then to suddenly be in this massive store with everything at your fingertips.”