Solar-Powered Studio

Bruce Baldwin’s DIY desert dream.


Photography by Kyle George

By Charles Platt

Drive a couple hundred miles east from Los Angeles along Interstate 40, and you enter the high desert of Northern Arizona, where each small town is separated from the next by 30 or 40 miles of wilderness. Take an exit past an extinct volcano named Picacho Butte, and you find yourself on a rutted dirt road winding among junipers and red rocks. There’s no power out here, no phone lines, and no water. The primary residents are rattlesnakes and jackrabbits — yet when you turn onto another road that’s barely a track, you find, of all things, a solar-powered ...

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