Saturday, December 24, 2011

Arroyo Seco Glow Redux

Here from the department of redundancy department is another wish for a joyous holiday season and a bountiful and healthy 2012. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Feliz Navidad

This isn't high art but is the heavenly view from Casa Immel. Taos Mountain looms snowy and majestic in the background.

Have a cozy Christmas with those you love.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Off the Cuff

The photographs Blessing of the Horses and Rough Rider are from Guanajuato state in the heartland of Mexico. They are part of an exhibit Off the Cuff that opens at the Minneapolis Photo Center on January 20 and runs through February 26.

The exhibition is described by London based juror Madeline Yale as "demonstrating the complex role photography plays as a witness and accomplice in seeing the world.”  These are spontaneous and unrehearsed moments in time captured by the eye of camera, fleeting and never to occur just that way again.  Much of the work in the show falls in the category of street photography: fly on the wall imagery with the photographer as observer of life’s story.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Roussillon Colors

Back when the baking summer sun beat down on Roussillon I posted several photographs from Le Conservatoire des Ocres.    As you probably know Roussillon is famed for its seventeen magnificent pigments.  The images below show particularly robust applications of these intense pigments on a crude weaving and a wall in the village. The weaving and the mottled wall make for most painterly abstracts.
These are both part of Hearts and Stars, a benefit art exhibition with proceeds going the Taos Men’s Shelter and to Shared Table, a worthy effort to feed the hungry in our artistically rich but economically challenged community.  The event began Saturday night and continues through December 9 at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, 119 Kit Carson Road in Taos.  What a great way to buy well priced small works and help your fellow man.  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The vast empty plains and high desert continue apace.  Just can’t stop myself.  I’m taken by the effect a crude fence and gate can have on a barren landscape. Without them there’s not much going on but with them a narrative unfolds.  When, why and where does the path beyond lead?  It's a story the viewer can weave.  An interpretation residing between the ears.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Antonito Aluminum

Removing context is a sweet alchemy. This is geometric and abstruse in the best sense. There's an illusion of flatness since the grays aren't graduated. If you wonder what it is, it works.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Wagons Ho

Deep ruts cut through dry grass toward the low hills near Cline's Corner.  One conjures images of prairie schooners and hardy pioneer folk crossing the prairie to the promise of a better life.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Praire Fever

Afflicted as I am by a yearning for furrowed earth my auto pilot sometimes points east toward Texas and Oklahoma.  Once you cross the Sangre de Cristos the transition from the high desert to the grasslands of eastern New Mexico is so gradual it’s difficult to say just where scrubland becomes open range.  East of Springer a well ventilated hip roof and a sprawling farmstead speak of grass fed beef and summer wheat. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Parallel Universes

Oops! I am late.  I missed my Sunday post for the first time in a couple of years.

Early in our French adventure my good friend photographer Daryl Black emailed me about  the stone work in the medieval castles and churches I was photographing and the pueblos of northern New Mexico.  Not only were the materials and processes comparable but so too were the eras in which the castles, churches and pueblos buildings emerged.  In this juxtaposition are Sabron du Ponteves in Bargeme and Pueblo del Arroyo in Chaco Canyon.  The similarities in 1,000 year old ruins 5,000 miles apart are startling.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


In my first post of the post-France era what better subject than the venerable and aesthetic Ranchos Church more properly known as San Francisco de Asis.  Here yet another effort to show it differently, no mean task with an edifice that’s been photographed about 7 million times. Then, too, it continues the architectural exploration that so dominated my Provence posts.  The single viga top left is the punctum of this serene image.

Friday, October 21, 2011

One for One

As I 've sifted and sorted through the thousands of images from France searching for a theme for one last post, icing on the cake and redundant redundancy I’m offering one image each from, well, each place.  I figure the act of editing for the blog, a gallery show or a book serves as many masters and forces a closer critical look. How clever that I've got them all alphabetized and monochromatic.
Saint Julien Le Montagnier
St Remy
Sainte Marie de la Mer
Verdon Gorge