Gathering of Nations revisited

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively in Albuquerque New Mexico. (Steven St. John)

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively in Albuquerque New Mexico. (Steven St. John)

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively in Albuquerque New Mexico. (Steven St. John)

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively in Albuquerque New Mexico. (Steven St. John)

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively in Albuquerque New Mexico. (Steven St. John)

Here are a few frames from one of my favorite annual events, the Gathering of Nations. The challenge when you photograph an event year after year is trying to find new and fresh ways to see it. My first thought was to shoot some formal portraits, but for reasons I wont go into I wasn’t able to make it work, but that’s ok, I’ll keep that in my pocket for next year. One idea was to try to take advantage of amazing ISO capabilities of my Canon 5d Mark II and  shoot with a long (300mm) lens at a small aperture (f11 I think)to compress all the amazing faces and details. This is total rip-off of a picture my friend Craig Fritz made a few years ago at The Trib, I admit it, but I intentionally didn’t look at that picture before I went this year knowing I would most likely approach it from a little different perspective and that the moment would also naturally be different.  I know that last vertical photo is big, and I hope don’t have to scroll to see the whole thing, but even if you do you can still start to appreciate how these would look as giant prints.  You can see more photos from the Gathering of Nations on my archive here. Photos from 2010 Gathering of Nations are also availabe for liciense, that was amazing because the event was outside at University Stadium while the Pit was being renovated. Anyway, thanks for looking.

 

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One Response to “Gathering of Nations revisited”

  1. Lois St. John says:

    Beautiful pictures! Makes me wish I had pushed your dad to go. Maybe next year?

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