I had the pleasure of meeting Steven the day my artist residency was announced during the 10 year anniversary celebration of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. With the help of our mutual friend Miriam, we planned a day trip to Coachella as the location for his jumping photo. Steven loves the town of Coachella so he was a great tour guide.
Capturing his jumping photos was a blast, I also happen to love playing soccer, so this was super fun! After several attempts of coordinating a soccer ball in the air in different ways at the same time as his jumps we captured some fabulous pics, this was one of my faves.
Q: What inspires you to jump for joy?
A: This place! The desert is a transformative place. From the far reaches of Wonder Valley to the Salton Sea, this is a place that makes you look and feel. I wouldn’t live anyplace else.
Q: How was your experience doing the jumping photos?
A: This was great way to get outside, have fun, and make a point. It’s nice to be a part of this.
Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A: Joy is what you feel when the people and place around you overpower any negative or troublesome influences in your life.
Q: What is your greatest passion in life?
A: I love art and soccer. Art forces you to confront and understand things in new ways. Soccer, done right, is quite artful, too. Pele called it “the beautiful game.” I’ve been hooked since I saw my first game in 1977.
Q: How do you feel about being part of a community project that promotes joy?
A: This is a fine initiative to bring people together and have a lasting, positive impact on the community.
Q: If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
A: Of course I would start a minor-league soccer team right here in Coachella.
Q: What are you working on or creating?
A: I’m working with the California Desert Arts Council to unify, empower, and promote the arts in the Coachella Valley region, and also beginning work on a scholarly publication about the work of the Date Farmers art collaborative.
Q: Mini bio or something special you want to share.
A: I’m a writer, editor, speaker, and advocate focusing on art and culture in the California desert. I moved here from Orange County in 2002 to become editor-in-chief of Palm Springs Life magazine. After 12 years, I stepped aside, and I continue to serve as editor-at-large.
Thank you for being the best darn tour guide around, for playing and sharing your joy with us!
Thank you to the Palm Springs Cultural Center inviting me to be your first Artist in residence and bringing the Jump for Joy Photo Project to the Coachella Valley.
If you live in the Coachella Valley and would like more info on the project, or would like to take part, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org