This photograph is part of McKnight's series, Heaven is a Prison, depicting a sexual encounter in the high desert. Shot with a large-format camera, the landscape of the artist's youth becomes a subject in these works alongside the anonymous and archetypal figures.
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Mark McKnight’s black-and-white photographs expand the boundaries of landscapes and portraits by manipulating accepted ways of seeing. He repurposes traditional compositions typically reserved for idealized European figures to depict queer and Brown subjects who are often drenched in rich shadows. In McKnight's work, natural and urban landscapes serve as dynamic backdrops for capturing friends and intimates.