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.
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.
I got a call to make a last minute portrait of Albert Prieto-Marquez, Ph.D. Paleontologist, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History for the Gallup Independent. The fossil in the top picture was found near Gallup NM and is part of his current research.
This summer I took a detour / scenic route on a weekend road trip to Denver to see a concert. I mentioned my plans to avoid taking the familiar I-25 to my mother who told me of the Colorado Gators Reptile Park located 17 miles north of Alamosa, CO. on Highway 17.
Alligators? In Colorado? How had I never heard of this before? I love gators, but growing up in the southwestern desert, they are not too common a site.
I hope to return to the park and spend some real time working on a story in the future.
If you like Gators too, may I recommend a couple things: First, Photographer Jill Richards and her husband Scott left their jobs and packed their dogs and hit the road for a year. I met Jill when she was an intern at The Albuquerque Journal. They have a recent blog post about spending the night in a gator infested state park in Louisiana. It’s a really fun read, might just make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
I’ve been on the road so much of late, haven’t made much time for this blog. I hope to get you caught up soon, but for now, here is a picture I made looking out the window of my girlfriend’s apartment in Columbia Missouri.
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Photographers Andy Anderson, William Allard, Jim Arndt, Daniel Beltra, Mark Gooch, Andy Mahr, Kurt Markus, David Spielman, Matt Turley and Olaf Veltman got the call of a lifetime when veteran adman Jimmy Bonner of The Richard’s Group phoned with simple instructions and a mantra from Paul Harvey. He asked them to go spend time with farmers and ranchers and ta […]
Link: Emerging Talent – Ian Bates | The Visual Student Its really tough figuring out whether or not I want try to get a job at a newspaper (if there are any jobs available) or if I want to put my energy into building a freelance business. Right now I am aiming towards trying my luck at being a freelance photographer but I’m not sure exactly where I want to b […]