Chaco Canyon: Pueblo Pintado

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A year ago, I was in New Mexico photographing the landscape and monumental ruins of Chaco Canyon.  This is one of my very favorite places, and yet when I speak to people, whom I know or meet, about Chaco Canyon very few have ever heard of it, despite the fact that this one small area in northwestern New Mexico contains one of only a handful of Cultural World Heritage sites, and the most monumental of pre-columbian ruins, in the United States.  Over the next few weeks, I'd like to share some of that imagery, and a bit of knowledge about Chaco Canyon.  In this week's post, I will begin with Pueblo Pintado.
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Graduated

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Our dear family friend and "second daughter" Rhiana Schafer graduated from UC Berkeley, in May, with a double degree in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience. As a graduation present to Rhiana, I created the polyptych "Graduated" from 36 images of the congregated graduating class in their caps and gowns, and a few chairs.more...

Light Space Color Motion

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The exhibit Light Color Space Motion is the first public showing of work from the San Francisco Windowpane photographs. Below is a link to photos of the gallery and an essay that I have written for the exhibit. Light Space Color Motion continues through July 16 at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in Las Cruces New Mexico.more...

The Anasazi of Red Mesa Valley

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The Red Mesa Valley, 1000 years ago, was a bustling agricultural hub with dozens of communities organized around chacoan “great houses”. Casamero, was at the center of one of these agricultural communities. This week I will be visiting the Red Mesa Valley and Chaco Canyon, and I look forward to sharing with you the artistic fruits of this adventure.more...

The Place Beyond The Horizon

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In a little over two weeks, I will depart for a visit to Chaco Canyon, in northwestern New Mexico. It will be twenty years, in September, since my previous visit to Chaco, and I am looking forward to what this trip will bring –both spiritually and artistically. On my previous visit, in September of 1995, I took a series of digital panorama images with an Apple Quicktake 100 camera and a bulky panorama rig, and on this trip, I plan on taking high resolution digital panoramas with a considerably more sophisticated kit of technology. The images below are re-framings from the 1995 panoramas. Following the images is text adapted from a book that I am currently producing about Chaco Canyon and the Quicktake images. more...

Fenced In

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The intention of The Sketchbook is to share the process of creating art, and this post is in that spirit. In a previous entry, I shared a photo essay on the subject of the border fence between El Paso Texas and Ciudad Juárez Mexico. On a recent trip to El Paso, I continued my photography of the Fence, and in my re-visiting of what was a very informal effort, an artistic approach has now emerged, along with an intention to pursuing this as a full-blown artistic project. The artistic approach that I am now pursuing is the creation of images of the landscape that are mediated by the structure of the border fence, inverting the usual stereotype of the latino looking longingly through the fence at Del Norte, and taking the perspective that it is actually we, on the north side of the border fence, who are being fenced.
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Windowpane Takes Form

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A photographic work of art is never complete until it takes physical form. I have previously written about the capturing of windowpane images and the distillation of the images through the canon. The final step on the road to completed windowpane works is the printing of the images, and last week the first artist’s proof came off of the printer.more...