Our Wall - US-Mexico Border, 2007
For a story on the border between the United States and Mexico, Cook and Jenshel were asked to focus on the landscapes and barriers without including people. The result was a set of images that communicate the human influence on the landscape. “It’s not just a landscape, it’s about impact, it’s about the details,” says Cook, “it’s about giving the reader something to look at and interpret and come to another understanding of that place.”
These upended railway tracks, easily bypassed by immigrants willing to get their feet wet, mark the western extent of the U.S.-Mexico border. The sandcastle adds a human presence to the image. “Telling the human story, without actually seeing the children, is what landscape and storytelling is all about to me,” says Cook.