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Blurry crosses of Chimayó

The walk from the parking area up to the sacred church has a chain link fence on one side where people leave crosses and other items woven into the wire. On my most recent visit, as I stood looking at the artifacts and to the building beyond, I let me eyes focus on the distance, which blurred the fence and its contents. And I made a photo.

Later, the blurry crosses and the diamonds of the fence started to make me think of women’s hats, that kind with the dotted-net veil, and this scene started to feel like what the world would look like from behind a hat veil.

I know. None of this makes any sense: welcome to the way my mind wanders around.

El santuario de Chimayó
Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

The problem with iconic places

I’ve said it before, and I stick with it: the problem with visiting iconic locations is getting a shot that’s not been made a million times before. The clouds are just about the only thing that sets this apart from everything else that looks just like it.

But, still, it was Christmas Eve, and I was in a sacred location and felt the need to document it…

El Santuario de Chimayó
Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 12.24.2015

The Offering Shoes

Faith: a small tableau.

El Santuario de Chimayó
Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 5.27.2018

Every Opportunity

Even the fence around the sewage-treatment plant has become a place to hang crosses in memory of loved ones.

El santuario de Chimayó
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

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