Allison Crouse's Salt River

Allison Crouse 

Medium: Digital Photography 

My panorama is made up of about 15 images of the Salt River. I was very fortunate to see the wild horses that morning. I was trying to capture the serenity of the river in the early morning. It is such a calm and yet wild place (top image). I also wanted to show that over time it has become a place for tourism and recreation which has somewhat destroyed the beauty of it.

That is why I added the people tubing down the river, disrupting this scene (bottom image). There is trash all over the bank and even where the horses are feeding there are bottles and trash in the water, which was not added in photoshop, the trash is actually there.

I personally love to kayak the river and feel that it brings me peace and tranquility. It is so sad to see how people can take a place that once gave us the feel of the wild west and turn it into a place to party.

The countdown to Best of Phoenix continues! Last year, we profiled 100 Creatives who made a mark on the local arts scene. This year, we'll have 100 creative representations of Phoenix.  No scope or requirement on medium or size -- we'll include photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, literary, and more. What do you see when you Imagine PHX?

98: William LeGoullon's Table


Kyle DeWitt's Tempe Center for the Arts


Arnold Guerrero's Camelback Mountain


Sean Deckert's Ginae vs. the 12th Street Gang



Pete Petrisko's Admiral of Phoenix


Quincy Ross' Lone Skyscraper


Andrew Armstrong's Illustrated Cityscape



Thomas Schultz's Phoenix Artifact


Adrian Lesoing's N. Evergreen


Suzanne Falk's Kon Tiki Hotel


Lindz Lew's Bon Voyeur


Kevin Patterson's Phoenix Swamp Beast


Ramy Sidarous' Three Windows


Will Mejia's Orpheum Theatre


Steve Weiss' Portrait of Louis Lee


Larry Willis' Apparition on East McDowell


Claire Warden's Untitled No. 3


Randy Zucker's Dancing Saguaro


Robert Brandan Martinez's Medical Cannabis Tax Stamp


Edward Jensen's Phoenix Financial Center


Mark Dudlik's Phoenix Rebound


Eric Iwersen's The Saguaros Have Been Here the Longest


Jill Johnson's Downtown Is ...


Sebastien Millon's "Phoenix. It's Fabulous."

And, hey! It's lunch time. Check out Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes for some foodie inspiration. 

Have a suggestion for a Phoenix icon by a local creative? Leave it in the comments section or email Claire.Lawton@newtimes.com

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