21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Coyote Silver

Musician Fiona Silver and I have been working together for ten years, mostly in the dank bars of New York City. After surviving lockdown, we reunited in the desert for a shoot that brought together her strength and her song. Her eyes in this photo tell her story of survival through adversity: being a female musician in rock, and the deaths of her father and brother. Her eyes reminded me of the coyote's ability to adapt in the harshest of climates. She is flanked on either side by an army of cholla cactus, ready to follow her into the next battle.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2021
Date Uploaded: 09.2023
Photo Location: Joshua Tree, California, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Cortney Armitage