Black Messengers takes its title from Los Heraldos Negros, a collection of poems by early twentieth-century Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo. Vallejo’s poetic attention is directed inward, to the conflicts and deep wounds that characterize the modern psyche; as a photographer I turn my own lens outward, at the wounds and conflicts that characterize the modernity of the Americas. Over the last several years now I have traveled between the American West and my native Peru documenting indigenous ruins and archeological sites. I use my camera to meditate on these traces in the landscape that make visible the patterns of inhabitation, loss and erasure.