Some graffiti on the Gila River Indian Reservation

Back in February my wife, my daughter and little ol’ me went for a short drive south of Chandler along State Route 87 and then took a turn into a road in the Gila River Indian Reservation. We found a very cool bridge (which is the first picture below) that was covered in graffiti. Coupled with the storm clouds, I was just loving this shot.

But after we crossed it, we found this water diversion structure adorned in graffiti, and while to some it may be vandalism and a crime (which it probably is), I found it beautiful in the setting we were in.

This isn’t some fence in a neighborhood, or an overpass on a freeway…this was a little used road, a little seen structure that is suddenly a very cool visual art display. I wont say it’s the greatest graffiti art I’ve ever seen, but it’s still kind of awesome.

There are some HDR shots in here as well as some standard shots.

The above is an HDR shot of the bridge and the storm clouds. Yummy.

A shot of the diversion structure and some building that is a part of it.

This is a decent view of the building, the structure  and the bridge behind it…graffiti everywhere.

A wider shot…this is over a second, smaller bridge that spanned this little water flow. HDR.

An HDR photo looking down the stairs into the structure. HDR.

A shot inside the building, looking in from one of the doorways. HDR.

This is looking back out the way I walked in. HDR.

This was actually shot elsewhere, on a different day, but it was on the same Indian reservation.



6 replies
  1. Kathy Mattson
    Kathy Mattson says:

    Did you happen to notice in the first shot, about 1/3 of the way over from the right, just above halfway up, it looks like a pair of eyebrows and eyes, on a flat face, looking down? Like some huge alien inspecting the landscape. This is a great cloud shot, especially in the HDR mode. Did you take any out away from the bridge?

  2. Mike
    Mike says:

    Thanks Kathy, I can’t see to see what you are seeing, but that’s the beauty of photography right? :)

    I didn’t get much away from the bridge, I ended up seeing this diversion structure and got sidetracked, but I’d definitely like to get back there someday to do a little more. The bridge itself was kind of cool, had a little old feel to it, but it was pretty much just flat with asphalt paving, nothing too exciting. But maybe away from it, getting the pillars into the picture would be kind of fun.

  3. concretecanvas
    concretecanvas says:

    Next time go under the bridge. There is also an abandoned factory about 5 minutes from this location. I am from Gila River and I know a few spots that are just like this.

  4. SunDevilStormin
    SunDevilStormin says:

    OH YEAH! I scouted this place last year and have been ithching to do a bridal gown shoot here! GREAT SHOTS!

  5. Christy Mix
    Christy Mix says:

    Your pictures are of my reservation..GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY and that last picture is where I grew up which is District 4 also known as Santan or Stotonic which means Many Ants.

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