What was your overall impression of the place?
Las Pozas is a magical place. Set in the rugged jungle, the misty atmosphere and James' concrete forms give the site an otherworldly feeling. I studied it before I went, but was much impressed upon visiting. Some of the architectural sculptures are as large as a four-story building. And virtually everything is constructed on fifty percent slope or greater in the middle of the jungleâ€”it's impressive.
What prompted your visit to Las Pozas? Did you travel there to document this project or was it an incidental discovery?
I heard about Las Pozas a decade ago when I was living in neighboring Guanajuato. It wasn't until I saw an article about it again in my last year at UT that I finally decided to make the journey there. I visited with the help of the Travel Scholarship Program to photograph Las Pozas, but found Xilitlaâ€”where the garden is located and a Pueblo MÃ¡gicoâ€”has its own small town charm.
What about this site did you find the most interesting? Did it exceed your expectations? Fall short?
Many things about Las Pozas interest me. It's not a well-known landscape, and it's existence is precarious. James' impressions can be rapidly lost to the normal character of the jungle. I think it's important to preserve memory of this place through photography. As a plant nerd, the setting was paradise for me. Every turn unveils intricate dimensions of life and art in James' surreal vision.