Moab

While on the Colorado Plateau, Moab was one of my favorite spots to shoot. The cloud cover was perfect for creating beautiful images. While walking out of one of the canyons at sunset I was able to capture the amazing light on the mountain range with the small cabin at its base. This one the most spectacular sunset I have ever seen.

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Weaving in Colorado

Weaving in the mountains of Colorado was incredible. I made two journeys there. The first time I wove on a walking loom and created a tapestry that had three-dimensional qualities. My second journey involved working on a Mirrix loom, which was a totally different concept. On this loom I worked with my Zapotec instructors from Teotilan, Mexico and created a colorful, playful gekko. The hand-spun wool was naturally dyed with plants and insects. The reds were created by using crushed cochineal bugs found on cactus.

 

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Weaving

During the last two years I have been on a weaving journey. My use of looms vary from a 4-harness counter-balance to an 8-harness jack loom for traditional weaving. For these looms I built two weaving benches. I use a hand built walking loom from Oaxaca, Mexico for rugs using a technique learned in Teotitlan, Mexico by the Zapatec culture. My Navajo looms are used to produce rugs that are more geometric in design but with significant symbolism, reflective of the Navajo culture. Each year I travel to the Navajo reservation to learn more weaving techniques from two Diné weavers. My ultimate dream is to one day weave at the base of Spider Rock that is located in Canyon de Chelly.

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Rockport, MA

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The most painted building in America is called “Motif Number 1”.  It’s located on Bradley Wharf in the harbor town of Rockport, MA.  This shack was built in 1840’s for a colony of fishermen and painters and has become a symbol of New England maritime life.

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Al Ándalus

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Spain is such a beautiful country.  The influence of the Moors can be seen everywhere.  Córdoba, Spain was once considered the Intellectual Center of the World with over 1 million manuscripts.  The Moors were tolerant of Christians and Jews allowing them to practice their own religions.  When the Christians conquered Spain, they expelled the Jews and the Moors, burned almost all of the manuscripts, and threw Spain into the Dark Ages.  To this day, the Islamic people are not allowed to pray in the mosque at Córdoba, which is converted to a church.

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Granada Spain

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Granada, Spain is the most beautiful place I have ever visited.  The Alhambra Palace, in the Mocárabes Style of architecture, is beauty beyond description.  It is harmony in its truest form.  I will always wonder what Spain and the world would have been like, had the Christians not expelled the Islamic people and burned the majority of their manuscripts.

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Hewn Timber Cabins

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These hewn cabins, which were built by slaves for slaves, are located at Francis Marion University.  They are open once a month.  The times and dates are located on the university calendar.  They are beautifully preserved.

 

 

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Tintypes with a Traveling Darkroom

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What a wonderful trip!  Julie Mixon, Photograph Professor at Francis Marion University, organized a great trip to Ocracoke Island, NC.  We built a traveling dark room, used a large format 4×5 camera, and processed great imagery on site.

It was an incredible learning experience.

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