Alain Briot, noted Southwest photographer and founder of www.beautiful-landscape.com said to me “sometimes you can make a beautiful image in this bright sunlight”. We had been walking all over Chaco Culture National Park, in JULY, and we stopped by this doorway. It’s not in one of the big ruins (Casa Rinconada or Pueblo Bonita) it’s an outlier, perhaps Wijiji. The point is this: drop your preconceptions. Learn to see like your camera sees….and experiment. Magic happens.
Native American culture has played a large part in my fantasy life since I was a young child. Wearing moccasins to school in West Virginia was a little odd, but I just wanted to BE what I thought an Indian was. For a long while my exploration was limited to reading and combing through photography books (Edward Curtis for Native Americans). Beginning in 2004, coinciding with the first serious pursuit of photography, I went to explore the Southwest. It turned out to be a marvelous affirmation of following your heart. Combine bad timing (leaving a landscape business in high season), really hot weather (105 degrees in the shade), and throw in a total leap of faith to contact Alain about private study, and BINGO: New Life Path.