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An art lover

“Compose and wait.”

I’ve taken two classes with Sam Abell, and he stressed that concept both times. (He practices it, too – look at his work and you can tell!)

I am not a patient person so composing and waiting doesn’t naturally occur. But look what happens when I actually c-&-w! An art lover – though she appears to be a little skeptical about this particular piece – steps right into my composition, just where I needed her to be.

Thanks, art lover!

The Cliffhouse Project
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 9.9.2017

If I ever needed you

I think this person probably sensed I was back there, taking pictures. It seemed like I was there for about an hour, waiting on just the right pose. I’m not saying this is the right pose; all I’d admit to is that it is a pose…

Union Station
Los Angeles, California
photographed 2.18.2017

Barbed Wire Study, LAX


The thing is, when you’re a photographer, it’s nearly impossible to be bored, to have nothing to do. I filled up a few airport hours taking pictures of the activity outside the window. I guess that’s not (yet) banned.

Anyway, my head was full of lessons on micro composition and careful shooting that I’d had that weekend, so I spent a long time working on getting the barbed wire and that white rectangle exactly the way I wanted them. Likewise, over in the Air Canada terminal my friend and erstwhile classmate Ehpem spent his time similarly, but with very different results.

Because that’s what we do.

Los Angeles, California
photographed 2.20.2017

There have been many requests


This place, Chimayó, is considered a sacred and healing location; as many as 300,000 pilgrims each year journey to this remote place seeking the healing properties of the dirt from a small room off the main church.

Outside of the church, there are various shrines like this one, all crowded with crosses, candles, and hopes.

Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 3.24.2015
(image made during Santa Fe Photographic Workshops class with Sam Abell)

Estab. 1751


This church was founded in 1751; it is considered one of the best examples of Colonial Spanish architecture in New Mexico. Some of the adobe walls, which are re-mudded periodically, are as much as six feet thick.

Las Trampas, New Mexico
photographed 3.24.2015
(image made during Santa Fe Photographic Workshops class with Sam Abell)

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