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Side Business

Just across from the famous church, you’ll see Vigil’s Store, which seems to be doing a brisk business selling chile-related products. I bought a little bag of dried green chile powder. (The storekeeper told me she enjoyed watching me take a deep breath of the scent, with my eyes closed and a smile on my face.)

Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 5.27.2018

Delia Anaya

Here at the sacred site of Chimayó, there are mementos and memorials everywhere, like this one for Delia.

El santuario de Chimayó
Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 5.27.2018

Faith can have many layers

The weathered wood, glass-free windows, sunlight on the floor, the distant mesa, all layered up.

Taiban, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2018

Tire and jet at abandoned church

Me (speaking in general terms about this place, which has been photographed a billion times): It’ll be a big service to the photographic world when that place finally falls down.

Me (approaching Taiban, New Mexico, on a recent trip): We HAVE to stop. I need to take some pictures.

Lesson: I cannot be trusted.

Taiban, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2018


The side yard of this church featured Jack O’Neill’s grave, some buckets, and a very short ladder.

(Here’s what the churchyard looked like three years ago.)

San José de Gracia Church
Las Trampas, New Mexico
photographed 3.24.2015

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