Photograph, printed on archival acid free, heavy paper. 2023
"Starting in late fall and winter of 2022, I began wandering around Santa Fe just before sunset, as the light echoed across the vast open landscape of the city. In the west, sunsets can range from blazing streaks across the sky to the more subtle colors as trees on the mountain ridge are silhouetted against the vivid sun. Mesmerized by the dramatic light casting long shadows over all its subjects, I find this time of day to be pure magic.
I began wandering down St. Francis Drive heading north into Santa Fe, noticing the cars swiftly moving by me. Just as I approached Salvador Perez Park, my eye caught a mural that suddenly captivated me. Sometimes surprises can catch us so off guard that we are rendered speechless, and that was the case last fall for me. It’s an odd feeling to see something that technically is not there but at the same time is unmistakably present.
I knew I had found the place. I began to shoot very quickly, realizing the trees in front of the mural were casting mysterious shadows in the foreground. That’s when it happened! The shadows seem to dance back and forth. As I walked closer, the mural became a tapestry of multiple layers, taking the work of art to a place beyond. The bold portrayal of vibrantly colored lines juxtaposed with the shifting shadows, engaged my eye in an entirely new way with the concept of what this mural could be.
Shadows are a place for the unexpected, a place to let the mind explore, occupying an in-between space that challenges us to make sense of our vague and shifting outlines.
This moment was an artist’s dream. While I navigated along life’s trail of mysteries, nature gave me the gift of a lifetime. The stars aligned, weaving my past and my present."
•24" (60.96cm) height
•30" (76.2cm) width
• Available in editions of 3
• Price includes the archival print, framing is not included