The Jigsaw: State Borders in America

 Utah/Arizona

Utah/Arizona

The Jigsaw is a project to document all 105 borders between the American states, and a quest to elevate the presence of these divisions in the national consciousness. State borders are the cracks in the American jigsaw puzzle, born of surveying errors and political compromise, preserved by powers of law, and observed by travelers whose civil rights can change with a step to either side of a mostly invisible line.

With this project, I hope to visualize both the abstract and the concrete by traveling to carefully-selected locations and photographing man-made reflections of the state borders stitched into the American landscape. In bearing witness to the unexpected poetry of these jagged edges, these photographs will convey notes of both friction and fit between the jigsaw pieces of these divided states.

 Arizona/Colorado/New Mexico/Utah

Arizona/Colorado/New Mexico/Utah

 Nevada/California

Nevada/California

 Nevada/Arizona

Nevada/Arizona

 Colorado/Utah

Colorado/Utah