Month: February 2012

Storm over Chalk Creek

Storm over Chalk Creek

Storm over Chalk Creek

I don’t often work in black and white, although I own the requisite red filters for proper landscape work (thank you, Ansel, for beginning that trend years ago). But during a torrential rainstorm in central Colorado, I ventured out hoping for a gift of light.

I got it.

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Wind Whipping A Fence, Harrison

Wind Whipping a Fence, Harrison

Wind Whipping a Fence, Harrison

One element crucial to the “PlainSky, Nebraskans” project is wind and how it defines the colors, textures and landscapes of western Nebraska.  This Buick, fence and group of outbuildings have sat dormant in the outskirts of Harrison for years, and on a January morning, the unrelenting gale that is a year-round, uncounted resident of the town tore at the fence and prairie grass enveloping it.

Railway Graffiti, Dawes County, Nebraska

Railway Graffiti, Dawes County, Nebraska

Railway Graffiti, Dawes County, Nebraska

On a Sunday morning in June, I drove miles on a gravel road paralleling the train rails in northwest Nebraska, looking for another image in my “PlainSky, Nebraskans” project. I knew I wanted to use the windows created at the bottom of the coal cars to frame the issues of farming, landscape and social change in the area, but I had no idea I would receive the gift this patch of graffiti would offer; and at the moment of the shot, two red-winged blackbirds chose to land on the fence at the right of the frame.

The first show opens in April 2013.

Coyote, Harrison Museum

Lone Coyote, Harrison Museum

Lone Coyote, Harrison Museum

A mounted coyote stands vigilant in the dim light of the Harrison, Nebraska, museum.  Brands, rendered in steel rebar and representing all of the ranching families in Sioux County, decorate the windows to the building, not offering security, but heritage.

Cathedral, Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe

Cathedral, Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe

Cathedral, Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe

This cathedral, located on the grounds of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, is set on a brilliant background of stars late one January evening. A five-minute exposure, the stars provide pinpoint texture on which to set the adobe walls of the cathedral.

Dormant Bush at Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Adobe Wall, Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe

Adobe Wall, Carmelite Convent, Santa Fe

On a cold, early morning in January, I found this dormant shrub in an alcove of the Carmelite Convent that is home to the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  The morning light bouncing off the bush onto the adobe wall fascinated me, and gave me an opportunity to make this picture–a “quiet image,” as one of my photographer friends would call it.