Little Pictures


New Mexico Light and Scenes

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ittle pictures. Details. Something to show the texture of a place. You’d think they would be the easiest to find and see.

They aren’t.

Usually, you see them on the way back from whatever caught your eye in the first place. In a design piece they are often called point pictures which is the opposite of a hero picture. Alone, these pictures can’t carry the page. But, together they have some power.

Sounds like human beings doesn’t it. It takes a village. There is no I in team. Stuff like that. That’s why The U.S Army’s old advertising campaign of a team of one, never worked. There are no teams of one. And, before I forget, Happy 246th Birthday U.S. Army.

I’ve given some thought to another approach to using little pictures. What if I compiled a collection of these and printed them huge and turned them into a kind of art statement?

I’m starting to do the ground work to some new projects. Maybe this could be a component in one of them.

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here really is no secret technique to making these photographs.

The key is to not edit yourself in the field. See it, shoot it. Don’t think about it.

Try your best to keep pictures like these clean.

This is no time for fancy post production and modifications.

You might want to work on these at their biggest magnification. There is no telling what’s hiding in the background.

El Sancturio de Chimayo, the Lourdes of The United States. The church is called that because of its healing properties.

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  1. I love the shadow in the top one; I never would have thought of that. I also really like the idea of putting pics like these together into something that makes a piece of art of its own. Like a quilt, kind of. The three that you picked at the top are different but have a connected feel, like songs on an album. And I’ve added another tip from you to my photography best practices: “The key is to not edit yourself in the field. See it, shoot it. Don’t think about it.” Thanks for the lessons!

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    • Not really a shadow. I’m very old school… and old. When I started working in newspapers we burned (darkened) the edges of the picture to push the eye to the center of the image which was lighter. Sometimes, you can’t capture the feeling in one picture so you do what you can in other ways. I never look at my work in the field. I don’t look at the LCD. It breaks my flow. Sometime I don’t even look for a day or two because I want to put some space in my thinking. You’re welcome. Stick with me, kid. 🙂

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