The many faces of water in an arid landscape

A virtual photo exhibit curated by Hardt Bergmann, graduate student, Department of Geography, New Mexico State University

In October 2021, I sent out a simple (if somewhat nebulous) request to members of the Las Cruces, New Mexico community: Send in photos that you feel encapsulate, or at least begin to encapsulate, how you see, understand, and interact with water in the context of our local arid environment. What follows below are the results of this endeavor: 53 photos from 32 participants capturing the wide variety of faces and forms of water a desert-dwelling Las Crucen might encounter in their day-to-day life. Accompanying each photo are excerpts from surveys in which participants provided commentary on their photos and dove deeper (pun intended) into their relationships with water. Click below to enter the exhibit:




If you would like to help out with the research this exhibit is a part of, please consider taking a private, anonymous survey about your viewing experience. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking here. Alternatively, you can leave a comment about the exhibit in the box below. To learn more about the project, send an email to