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EXPLORING SANTA FE & BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT // FROM THE ARCHIVES

 

In 2015, our family spent Christmas together in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I had briefly been through New Mexico on a road trip when I was 10 years old, but other than that I had no real knowledge of the area. I didn’t know what to expect, and I certainly didn’t predict that the landscape would captivate me as much as it did. I think about this trip often. I can’t even fully explain it. As I walked through Bandelier National Monument, there was just something so overwhelmingly powerful and beautiful about it. The colors of the rock and moss and cactus against the overcast Winter sky were creating the most incredible color palette. The evidence of human presence in the region that goes back at least 11,000 years. The way the rock became large scale abstract sculpture - some carved by humans and some carved by wind and rain and time. Between our time spent here, as well as exploring the food and art and textures in the area, it was a trip I’ll never forget and a place that I hope we are lucky enough to visit again.

These are just some of the images from this trip, and they make up this week’s “From the Archives” post.

 

AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY // SPRING 2013 // COVER PHOTO

Seeing two of my shots used as cover photos this season has been amazing!  The topics and publications couldn't be more different: California dairy farming in Edible Marin and Wine Country and underwater archaeology in the Dominican Republic featured in American Archaeology.  But hey, that's why I am loving my projects... they are so varied and unique.  One day I am shadowing artisanal cheesemakers, sampling fresh ricotta, and the next I am underwater photographing artifacts from a 1725 Spanish treasure galleon - ok, well the whole 'next day' thing is an exaggeration...

Either way, I have to stop and be thankful for everything that has happened in the past year.  Launching into the business world of photography has been slow going - and I am still looking forward to the day when I am completely financially stable doing it - but I have to recognize the progress.  When I receive the physical publications with my images, I get a boost of encouragement to continue on and tell more stories.

Thanks to Indiana University and Professor Charlie Beeker (pictured in the photo), this project was made possible, and I can only hope to collaborate in the future!  

 
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OYSTERMEN /// SNEAK PEEK

I love the term "oystermen".  It sounds so strange to me.  Possibly because I am so used to hearing the word fishermen.  Oystermen sounds so different.  So much more remote.  I'm not sure what being an oysterman entails.  Maybe that's why the trip to Hog Island Oyster Co. this past week was so exciting.  I love looking behind the scenes of a process I know absolutely nothing about.   Maria Finn will be writing more about what it takes to be a successful oyster company in Northern California, as well as the future of oysters, and there are more images to come regarding the life of an oysterman.

 
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THE NORTH HAD APPEALED TO ME

 
The north had appealed to me - its freedom and its beauty. I had given much thought to it. I didn’t have definite plans, but I just wanted to be there. I wanted more.
— Olaus J. Murie
 
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Moonset /// Grayling, MI.

 

This morning I stumbled upon the book Journeys to the Far North by Olaus Murie at an estate sale.  I won't get into my love of estate sales just yet, but I might be posting more quotes from this book - and a few others I picked up - in the future.  Just by flipping through it, I am already excited to read it and make art inspired by it.  By looking up Olaus Murie online, I am told he was a naturalist, author, and wildlife biologist who did groundbreaking research on a variety of northern mammals.  He is now called the "father of modern elk management" and - this is my favorite part - he spent his honeymoon with his wife, Mardy, tracking caribou through the Koyukuk River region.

HERRING

It is herring season here in the Bay Area.  Fish. restaurant is serving herring grilled or pickled and it is delicious.  It is also important to create demand for these fish as food - for humans - in the local area.  A majority of the herring fishing industry actually only catches the fish for roe, which is shipped to Japan.  Herring are an important baitfish in ecosystems and their roe feeds a variety of animals including a number of bird species.    Check out the Sausalito Herring Festival this Saturday, Feb. 9th if you are in the area!

 
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FISH REVOLUTION

My work is being featured on Fish Revolution's website! 

"Fish Revolution is dedicated to improving the health of marine fish populations. Our primary goal is to force a shift in demand from harmful fishing practices to sustainable methods that ensure healthy production of seafood and other ocean products for years to come.  We believe in supporting fishing communities taking steps to conserve fish populations (and their livelihoods) while bridging the gap between fishermen and consumers"

I hope to work with them future projects!

 
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