Posts Tagged ‘Governor’

Jay McCleskey for The National Journal

You should read Daniel Libit’s article about political operative Jay McCleskey, the “Karl Rove of New Mexico” on The National Journal’s website.  I was really pleased to be asked to make these portraits of the “Shadow Governor”

 (Steven St. John)

Below are a few outtakes, more on my photographic archive.

11/17/13 11:06:08 AM -- Albuquerque NM  -- Portait of Jay McCleskey at his office in Albuquerque NM. --    Photo by Steven St John (Steven St John)11/17/13 10:29:36 AM -- Albuquerque NM  -- Portait of Jay McCleskey at his office in Albuquerque NM. --    Photo by Steven St John (Steven St John)11/17/13 11:12:34 AM -- Albuquerque NM  -- Portait of Jay McCleskey at his office in Albuquerque NM. --    Photo by Steven St John (Steven St John)11/17/13 11:05:44 AM -- Albuquerque NM  -- Portait of Jay McCleskey at his office in Albuquerque NM. --    Photo by Steven St John (Steven St John)

Bernallio County for NMORR

Juan Mata, left, and Esqui Padilla (CQ) go over plans the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)Construction workers connect fresh water piping as part of the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)A construction laborer tamps dirt around a new fire hydrant as part of the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)A laborer gulps water after another day at work under the hot sun as part of the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on Friday August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)The construction crew walk down a hill to collect their pay after another week at work on the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on Friday August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)Juan Mata, right, passes out paychecks to employees after another week at work on the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project on Friday August 27, 2010. The $3.4 million project is supported by $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide clean water to hundreds of Bernalillo County residents. (Steven St. John)

I’ve been trying to lash together some sort of wisdom for this final post about my work for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but I haven’t been feeling very wise. So, here they are – documentary photos of tax dollars at work. In this case, right here in my backyard – construction crews at work on the Carnuel Water Systems Improvement Project. The $3.4 million project was supported by $2 million from the ARRA and will provide clean water to hundreds of residents. Construction crews, real people hard at work.

There is a lot of debate going on in America about deficit spending. My analogy is this: It’s like we have known we were overweight for a while now, but we finally went to the doctor and she confirmed that we need to loose weight. So, should we starve ourselves? Should we cut off our arms and legs to get our weight down? No. It took years for us to become this badly out of shape, and it will take years fix. Many of the proposed budget cuts would destroy our ability to earn money as a state and a country. Yes, we need to control our budget, but cutting vital social services could cripple us. That’s just my two cents, and it will have to pass as wisdom for now.

One other note. I want to mention that one of the links I have listed below for Jake Schoellkopf has changed, so take a minute to visit Jake’s new site: jakeschoellkopf.com

In 2010, along with fellow photographers Michael J. Gallegos, Mark Holm and Jake Schoellkopf, I was commissioned by the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment to document how some of the stimulus dollars were spent around New Mexico. This is the fifth post is a series of six on the work I did for NMORR.

Santa Clara Pueblo for NMORR

A forest worker tamps down dirt around a newly transfered plant in the Rio Grande Bosque just south of Española in Rio Arriba County. Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels. (Steven St. John)A chainsaw operator pushes down a tree in the Valles Caldera in Northern New Mexico. Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels.. (Steven St. John)Elk run in a field inside the Villes Cladera in Northern New Mexico. Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels. (Steven St. John)A worker carries a newly removed tree on a dirt road in the Valles Caldera. Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels.. (Steven St. John)Trees waiting to be planted in the Valles Caldera are watered and counted. Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels.. (Steven St. John)

Santa Clara Pueblo has received $6,513,000 in stimulus funds to promote healthy forests and reduce hazardous fuels inside the Valles Caldera in Northern New Mexico. This was a long travel day for me, but man was it beautiful.

In 2010, along with fellow photographers Michael J. Gallegos, Mark Holm and Jake Schoellkopf, I was commissioned by the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment to document how some of the stimulus dollars were spent around New Mexico. This is the fifth post is a series of six on the work I did for NMORR.

2,150 feet underground for NMORR

Sunflowers grow alongside a saltwater evaporation pond at The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The saltwater pond is used to capture runoff as part of the mining process. A new pond was built adjacent to this using recovery funds. (Steven St. John)The sky reflects in a newly finished saltwater evaporation pond at The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The saltwater pond is used to capture runoff as part of the mining process. (Steven St. John)A construction worker walks across a highway under construction near The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The highway will increase access for trucks carrying nuclear waste to the WIPP. (Steven St. John)A construction crew works on a gate along the new highway under construction near The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The highway will increase access for trucks carrying nuclear waste to the WIPP. (Steven St. John)A construction crew works on a fence along the new highway under construction near The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The highway will increase access for trucks carrying nuclear waste to the WIPP. (Steven St. John)Workers wait for the elevator operator to drop them 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)An employee waits for security doors to open 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)Radioactive waste is stored 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)A worker checks electronics systems by headlamp 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)A shadow falls on a wall containing stored radioactive waste 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)Workers install a new secure equipment gate 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)Signs on the corner of the mine walls 2150 ft underground inside The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Eddy County. WIPP received $172 million as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act accelerate nuclear waste cleanup. (Steven St. John)

Being a photographer has offered me many backstage pass opportunity’s, and getting to go 2,150 feet underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern NM was one of those opportunities I love. Most of the funds were being spent building a new road to the facility, but I couldn’t pass up a chance to go underground. Lighting was a great challenge here, as most of the area is pitch black aside from the headlamps. Scary dark. Creative use of off camera flash wasn’t just for fun, it was essential.

In 2010, along with fellow photographers Michael J. Gallegos, Mark Holm and Jake Schoellkopf, I was commissioned by the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment to document how some of the stimulus dollars were spent around New Mexico. This is the first post is a series of six on the work I did for NMORR.

Susana Martinez for The Washington Post


Susana Martinez NM Governor’s race – Images by Steven St. John

I spent a few minutes with the leading candidate for Governor of New Mexico last week for The Washington Post. You can also read the article here.