New Mexico

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, Taos

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, Taos

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, Taos

Since as early as 1772, the site of San Francisco de Asis Mission Church has captivated the human imagination. It is breathtaking, and that very reason is why every time I teach at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, I take students to this very location. Oft-seen in images? Yes. Mystical in reality. Oh, my.

This time of year–actually, any time of year–I long for the Southwest.

 

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White Sands No. 2, New Mexico

White Sands No. 2

White Sands No. 2

If you haven’t been to White Sands, you’re missing out on a photographic paradise. The contrast of deep blue skies in evening, coupled with the white of the gypsum-powder sands and their abstract textures are a black and white paradise. Is it any wonder Brett Weston and Ansel Adams (among many others) have been entranced?

Ruins and Stone Window, Bandalier National Monument

Ruin and Stone Window, Bandalier

Ruin and Stone Window, Bandalier

Near Los Alamos is Bandalier National Monument, a site dedicated to preserving the remnants of Native American structures and heritage. On the trail circling the deep canyon that is home to the ruins, I found a small natural window in the blocking stone located between myself and the canyon floor, which hosts the ruin of a large kiva. The late afternoon light bouncing off the canyon walls behind me, contrasted with the cold light on the snow and ruins was too much to resist.

Nightshades, Northern New Mexico

Nightshades, Northern New Mexico

Nightshades, Northern New Mexico

Near sunset in January, I found a small field of nightshades atop a mesa in northern New Mexico. As the sun set, the warm winter light filtered through the husks of the fruit, creating an infinite family of small, textured natural lanterns, and I made this image.