A Walk in the Village-The Placitas Project
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A little over 20 miles north of Albuquerque, at the northern end of the Sandia Mountains, sits a small village called Placitas. To reach it, you drive past modern subdivisions of custom homes which (according to the US Census Bureau) is also Placitas. But you would be remiss to confuse the two. The first settled into its locale nearly two centuries ago, the latter within the last several decades.
In the early months of 2015, I started walking a two mile loop of Highway 165 and Paseo de San Antonio through the village. I carried my camera and began making images of things that caught my fancy.
Susan Sontag wrote, "Photographs really are experience captured and the camera is the ideal arm of the consciousness in its acquisitive mood." She is correct to a point. Whearas Sontag further argues, "to photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed," I, as a photographer, argue the things I photograph appropriate me. They are a siren's song to my heart, each note not only calling me, but also, upon introspection, revealing something of who I am.
In my walks I began to realize my photos were shadowed by my memories of another small village hundreds, if not nearly thousands, of miles and tens of years away. The photographer Minor White recognizing this feeling wrote "the photographer projects himself into everything he sees, identifying himself with everything in order to know it and feel it better." Through my camera I was reminded of seasons I've seen change, cats I've lost, dogs who've chased me, lilacs I've gathered, friends I've met.
May you enjoy my walk.