"We have lived upon this land from days beyond history's records, far past any living memory, deep into the time of legend. The story of our people and the story of this place are one single story. No man can think of us without thinking of this place. We are always joined together"
We hiked to the Castle and beneath a canopy of trees we ate our lunch. The air was cool and the sun was setting in the indigo sky. Out of nowhere, dark, gray clouds blew in, masking the sun and dropping the temperature about fifteen degrees. It drizzled sporadically for about an hour. Suddenly the clouds parted and sunbeams bathed the ruins in light. We were cognizant to all of the natural wonders and beauty of the ruins. I had never been so impressed by an act of nature. In this desert of mystery and mysticism, it felt as if an ancient Anasazi God had been watching over us. Above, ravens arced across the sky. "Like a Blessing" I thought, "Like a gift".
When I first saw this church in Taos Pueblo, I was impressed by it's magnificent form and its simple design. It has been interpreted by Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, and Ansel Adams among countless other painters and photographers and I could not resist the challenge. Its mysterious sculptural form, created out of the indigenous building materials of adobe and wood, has been portrayed by more artists than any other church in the United States. I didn't want to just record what it looks like, I wanted to suggest the timeless architecture, full of transfiguring energy.
Camera: 2 1/4 X 2 1/4 Hasselblad
Lens: 50mm f/4 CF Zeiss Distagon
Film: Kodak Panchromatic B&W Negative Film
The hand of humankind has been present in the four corners area for millennia, sometimes with a light and mysterious touch in a beautiful but grudging homeland. The Ancestral Puebloans left signs of their mysterious presence all over Four Corners, with such places as the pueblos at Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon and Hovenweep (pictured here).