The quality of the light in northern New Mexico is unique. Since the area is located on a high plateau on the edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at 7,000 feet, the rays of the sun are not filtered by that last mile-and-a-half of the earth’s atmosphere. There is no major industry in Santa Fe or Taos and almost no humidity to create a diffusing haze. Pure colors and sharp-edged shadows are the themes of many of the local artists. Santa Fe and Taos galleries display the work of thousands of painters and photographers, all trying to capture the essence of this part of the Southwest.
If you have been looking for a new theme or a new direction for your photography, visit and photograph the high desert of New Mexico. The Pueblo Indians, living on the site of Santa Fe, long before any Europeans arrived, called their village “the dancing ground of the sun.” You’ll find maps and details in issue #025 - Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico of my Photograph America collection.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.