The Enchanting Desert by Laura Russell

The Enchanting Desert is a kaleidoscope book celebrating a recent relocation to the Sonoran Desert in Tucson, Arizona. After 30 years of marriage, spent living in majestic locations ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Northwest, suddenly, surprisingly we find ourselves transplanted, totally entranced by the beauty of this enchanting, miraculous desert.

This creative structure opens into a circle, attaches with magnets and then rotates like a kinetic kaleidoscope. Three panoramic desert vista photographs showcase the Santa Catalina mountains of Tucson, Arizona. Iconic Saguaro cactus stand proud, surrounded by prickly pears and teddy bear chollas. Another panorama reflects the prehistoric palms of the local treasure, Agua Caliente park, a desert oasis. The images are paired with an original poem—a love story to both a man and a desert.

Artist Bio

Laura Russell is a photographer and book artist who creates hand-bound, limited-edition artist books that incorporate photographs of our urban landscape and tell a story about our culture and our communities. She has participated in national and international book arts and fine art exhibitions. Her books are collected by individual collectors and are in major collections at museums, libraries, universities and corporations.