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I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: a real challenge when visiting often-photographed, iconic locations is finding a new way to look at them. I *think* this is a new way to see this old church, but in fact, all I can say for certain is that it was a new view for me. And I hope it’s a new one for one or two of my readers as well.

I wear a bracelet all the time; it’s engraved with words attributed to Georgia O’Keeffe: Take time to look. It makes me feel contented in my artistic life to look down and see those words, and to try to follow them. And taking time to look, to walk slowly and deliberately around this building, thinking about ways to capture its particular magic led me to see this, and to photograph it.

(My current bracelet is actually my second one; the first one got lost. And – fun fact – I bought its replacement at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe the day before I made this photograph. And – another fun fact – if this bracelet gets lost, I am going to get the words tattooed on my wrist. I don’t feel myself without them.)

San Francisco de Asis
Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

Jesus

I can’t imagine a photographic world where I will not visit a cemetery, even though once at a class a self-absorbed Famous Photographer said we should “never” photograph them because there was “nothing new” to see. But part of growing as an artist is knowing what sorts of advice to ignore, so I grew greatly during that class and rejected not only that directive but many other things he pontificated about.

And so that’s how, a few years later, I found myself face-to-face with Jesus in northern New Mexico. I’m not sure what Jesus thought about it, but I was delighted.

Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

Sinuous and Tragic

It makes me sad to think that someone’s life ended here, under the vast and beautiful New Mexican sky and along the gently curving highway.

I always think I am through photographing these roadside memorials, but I never really am.

near Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 3.16.2019

Those days are in the past

Those days – the ones where there were enough people around to need a laundromat as well as all those things listed on the sign (gas, propane, groceries, snacks, movies, jewelry, and deli-fresh meats) – have been gone for a while, I’d say.

Lybrook, New Mexico
photographed 9.8.2020

Bright Arroyo

Sometimes I hear people say there’s nothing to see in New Mexico.

Those people are wrong.

near San Ysidro, New Mexico
photographed 9.8.2020

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