Atascosa Borderlands is a community-based visual storytelling project combining film photography, recorded oral history interviews, botanical collection, and digital archivization to create a living archive of this 42-mile section of the US-Mexico border. National conversations about the Borderlands tend to paint the region as a barren and lifeless landscape to be controlled and divided, Atascosa Borderlands is focused on countering this perception by sharing the lived experiences of local residents. We are working to better understand the nuanced realities of this part of the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands, alongside cattle ranchers, ecologists, humanitarian aid workers, migrants, militia members, hunters, ex-border patrol agents, and indigenous community members.

Luke Swenson is a documentary photographer based in Portland, Oregon.

Jack Dash is a naturalist and writer based in Tucson, Arizona.