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going up against chaos

I’ve been thinking about the way our eyes and brain work together to parse out a scene that’s got a lot of reflections in it, rendering a version that makes sense. But a camera doesn’t do any of that, and a scene caught by a lens stays chaotic – in a way that I am quite fond of. Especially when it involves fancy silver goblets and pedestrians.

Santa Fe, New Mexico
photographed 5.16.2022

dome + clouds

I can’t even count the number of times I drove right past the turn to Cerillos, but it’s equal to all the times I’ve driven the road, minus one: the last time there I finally made the turn. And obviously it was well worth it.

Cerillos, New Mexico
photographed 5.16.2022

where there is smoke

I could not look away. For an entire day, no matter where I was, my eyes sought out the awful (yet strangely beautiful) smoke from nearby forest fires.

The fires were so intense that by the end of the day they would have created their own weather system, clouds known as pyrocumulonimbus, which contain lightning storms that can in turn ignite more fires. An article in Scientific American says, when you see these clouds, “you know you’ve got big trouble below.”

near Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 5.15.2022

Cemetery Shapes

The three crosses are all different, but all of them are reaching toward the New Mexico sky from their spots in the weedy cemetery.

Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 3.24.2015

A sense of abandonment

There is a lot going on here, and not one thing indicates anything but more destruction for this old place.

Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 3.24.2015

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