Thursday, August 11, 2005

And Now for Something Completely Different

Lyn's grandparents owned and operated the Estancia News Herald newspaper in Estancia, New Mexico for many years, as well as the print shop where the newspaper and many other items were printed. The equipment from that old print shop is now on display at the Palace of the Governors Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Shortly after moving into a new house a few years ago, we were going through some boxes that had belonged to Lyn's mother. One of the more interesting things that we came across were a number of old, copper half-tone printing plates that had originally come from that old print shop.

The most interesting of these, at least to me, was a plate made from a photograph of Mission La Purísima Concepción de Cuarac, now known as Quari, which is now a part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument near Mountainair, New Mexico.



Adolph Bandelier took a very similar photograph on December 28, 1882.

According to the book "In the Midst of a Loneliness" The Architectural History of the Salinas Missions, excavation and stabilization began at Quari on June 1, 1934 and around July 31, masons rebuilt the entrance doorway and reconstructed the sides of the door. This image taken in the fall of 1937 shows the re-constructed doorway from inside the church.

The photograph on the copper plate had to have been taken sometime prior to the doorway being rebuilt in 1934, but there is no date indicated anywhere on the plate or backing. We also have no idea at this time who the photographer was.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Shelter from the Storm

In addition to my own stock and assignment photography which I have been doing for over twenty years, for the past five years I have also assisted for my good friend Kirk Gittings, one of the top architectural photographers in the southwest.

Now, New Mexico Magazine has published a new book, Shelter from the Storm: The Photographs of Kirk Gittings written by Gussie Fauntleroy with an introduction by V.B. Price. This is the second volume in the New Mexico Magazine Photo Series.

The book contains a tightly edited selection from Kirk's thirty years of photographing in New Mexico. Some of Kirk's best known black & white photographs of New Mexico, including the ruins at Chaco Canyon, ancient churches of northern New Mexico as well as color photographs of some of the state's most contemporary buildings are presented in this small, elegant volume.

Shelter from the Storm: The Photographs of Kirk Gittings can be ordered now from the New Mexico Magazine Gift Catalog and Amazon.com or look for it beginning July 1, 2oo5 in your favorite book store. For anyone who loves New Mexico and the southwest, this should be a "must have" book.

Additionally, The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History will be presenting Kirk Gittings: Shelter from the Storm Photographs, an exhibit of photographs from the book. The exhibit will be up from September 11 thru December 4, 2005. Please check The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History upcoming events calendar or The Albuquerque Museum Foundation for the date and time of the opening reception.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Language, Landscape and Loss

Rebecca Gault was a writer of exceptional talent. Her first book, "Into the Blue" was published in April of 2001. When I met Rebecca in November of 2001 she was beginning work on her next book, Daughter of the Wind which was to be the first book of a trilogy.

Rebecca and I had many ideas for magazine articles and books and had started preliminary work on some of these.

The collaborative project that had us most excited was Language and Landscape. This project had come about through Rebecca's love of language, she had a Ph.D. in linguistics, and her association with the people of the Alamo Navajo reservation near Magdalene, New Mexico.

The premise behind this project is how the landscape has helped shape language. One example in our own language might be "Rock Solid" to describe an object or person that is very trustworthy.

Rebecca was diagnosed with colon cancer in May of 2002 and died on July 1, 2002. Since Rebecca's passing the project has always been in the back of my mind. Though I have found it difficult, since I no longer have the input of ideas and inspiration of a writer and linguist who understands the twists and turns of language much better than I do.

Though Language and Landscape has been on hold for some time now, I am still pursuing the idea. My hope is that I can find a writer to work with who has a feeling for how landscapes have helped to shape not only the English language but other languages as well.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Impromptu Guitar Lesson



This is a photograph taken on Thanksgiving day 2004 with a point-and-shoot digital camera. I couldn't pass up the opportunity especially with the slogan "Reward Yourself" emplazoned on the car in the background.

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