Josh Patterson

I'm an explorer and adventurer specializing in obscure and little known pockets of wilderness in the western Mojave Desert.

My work has been published in the Los Angeles Times and across a broad spectrum of media both nationally and internationally.

I bring a fine art, landscape aesthetic to trail races, showcasing not only your runners but the epic places they run. Interested? Send me an email and we'll discuss your race.


ARTIST STATEMENT

I'm attracted to the obscure and forgotten. I want what is beyond the overlooks and pullouts and well-traveled trails.

I photograph the in between.

WHERE IT BEGAN

This is where the hunger woke for what was unknown and hidden in folds of the earth. This was where secrets unfurled like flowers in tumbled basalt and lithic scatter. This, where furtive water pooled and ancients gathered to absorb its minerality and the knowledge of stones. Where small fires in shallow alcoves whispered amber phrases and stained the ceilings with their memories. They have vanished but their fragments murmur.

This is where I began to understand - where the earth was torn and rain gathered in hidden pools. 

I go to the wild for the wild's sake. I sit and I listen and I learn. I touch things, smell them, taste them, learn their textures. I tread silently in the forests and softly across the desert floor, observing and reveling in the great silence. I get lost in the vastness of canyon and mesa. I don't bring my world with me, I let the wilderness in. The tended campgrounds, groomed trails, the carefully curated information signs are not for me. I love the wild for its very nature. Give me an isolated ridge and an outcrop of rock and the sough of wind and I'm content. If you look for me, look not in the tame lands.



P U B L I S H E D - W O R K

Trailrunner Magazine

Los Angeles Times

Bloomberg

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Shutterbug

Fox 11 Los Angeles

East County Magazine

SVCNews.com

Arclight Theatres

VoyageLA

Mojave [He]art Review

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P O D C A S T S

HumaNature | Wyoming Public Media

Deserted


L I V E  - S T O R Y T E L L I N G

Unheard LA | Southern California Public Radio

Unheard LA in Torrance


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E X H I B I T S


Forgotten But Not Gone

Bermudez Projects, Cypress Park and Online
Coming January 2021

SpaceLand V: War

Bermudez Projects, Cypress Park and Online
September 12 - October 24, 2020

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Big Quiet

Bermudez Projects, Cypress Park
January 11 - February 29, 2020

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Sojourn

Bermudez Projects, Downtown Los Angeles
March 24 - June 23, 2018

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