I try to write Storyteller sometime the night before they are actually published. As they often do, things got in the way. So, I wrote two posts in one day.
That’s hard to do.
I barely have enough to say for one post. Now, two? I’ll give it a go.
Let’s talk about New Mexico.
Let’s talk about the light. The light that every artist, who travels there, loves.
I could get all scientific on you and talk about particulates in the air, or how the rain clears every thing out and makes the light a different kind of beautiful. Or, I could talk about the high altitude.
But, but, but…
That’s all fine, but how does it feel? How did it make me feel?
It was magical to me. Early morning and late afternoon was alway spectacular. There were no useless days. Even the rare overcast day was special.
There were days that were headed towards dusk. I’d be running errands and I’d stop and find a subject for the wonderful light to illuminate.
No. I wasn’t depending on my phone. In those days I always carried a real camera. In fact, it wasn’t until my last few months there that I realized I could take pictures with my phone. Oh, I knew it. It just never occurred to me to do it.
Do I sound like I miss it?
I do. But, I doubt I’m going back to live, at least anytime soon.
That’s kind of too bad.
Ahh, the glowing Airstream trailer. I found it because it called to me. I say that sometimes about other subjects, but this time it did.
That polished aluminum was reflecting light all over the place.
I wrote a couple of times that I am playing it straight because these pictures are a kind of photojournalism.
Then it came to me. Nonsense. These are my pictures. I can do whatever I want with them. Especially since I’m pretending to be an artist.
So that’s what I did.
I made a file that is as a close to perfection as I’ll ever come. Then, I added glow, followed by the sunburst and more glow.
That did it.
Even there is no license plate to see, you can tell this is a New Mexico trailer.
Look at the propane tanks. Look to the left. You’ll see different shades of reflection. In the green area look again.
Two bullet holes.
Yep. New Mexico.
Stay safe. Stay mighty. Stay strong. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Get your jabs. Look after each other. Be patient.