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Circle + Square (or, really, a rectangle)

Circle + Square

The assignment for that day’s shooting was people. People?! That’s just not my deal.

Implied people, maybe? And what better implies people than a forgotten rubber band in a square of sunlight?

Albuquerque, New Mexico
photographed 3.26.2015
(image made during Santa Fe Photographic Workshops class with Sam Abell)

Café Islands

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You know those glorious days when every single thing you see looks like it ought to be a photograph?

That’s what happened here when I spotted the tabletop archipelago.

(Full disclosure: nothing was staged. Because if it had been, I would have moved the pepper shaker away from the salt.)

Lindy’s Coffee Shop
Albuquerque, New Mexico
photographed 3.26.2015

Hat Canyon

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The man sold me a hat.

Then he said, “Here’s the picture you want.” and led me to the long table stacked with straw hats. Then he pointed at the hat-canyon down the middle.

The Mans’ Hat Shop (“Excellence in Men’s Headwear Since 1946”)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
photographed 3.26.2015

It seems strangely familiar

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I moved away from Albuquerque in 1982. I’ve been back a handful of times since then – enough, I guess, that when I got off the train from Santa Fe, it seemed like I’d never left. I even found myself looking around for the woman we called Point Lady, who stood along Central Avenue, shouting and pointing at anyone who looked in her direction.

I never did see her.

Train platform
Albuquerque, New Mexico
photographed 3.26.2015

May 3, 1968

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First of all, I want to apologize for having been so slow to respond to comments for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been doing some traveling and haven’t been able to keep up the way I like.

I spent a week in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops; the legendary National Geographic photographer Sam Abell was teaching a week-long course and I was fortunate to have been selected to participate. Sam was the kind of teacher you’d want: talented, knowledgeable, and completely generous with helping us become better photographers. It was an important week.

This grave marker in a small cemetery is one of the images I made during the workshop. We found an interesting cemetery along the High Road between Santa Fe and Taos, and had time enough to stop for a while and practice the things Sam had taught us the first day of class…

Los Llanitos Cemetery
near Truchas, New Mexico
photographed 3.24.2015

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