Sand Dunes with Melting Snow

“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”

– Lewis Hine

 It’s been almost a year since I photographed the sand dunes in the San Luis Valley. I’m very good at getting out there and shooting in the field, enjoying the sheer pleasure of being in nature while taking hundreds of pictures. Upon my return from the photo tour I was swept up in deadlines for my business which left many of my photographs delegated to a folder on a backup drive– quietly waiting for the right time to tell their stories.

The story speaking to you through this scene is, most likely, different from the one speaking to me. I have memories of standing at a certain distance and choosing a specific lens, whereas you, the viewer, are stepping into a later chapter. In some ways, I’m relying on you to complete the arc with your own narrative.

These are the reasons why I lug all the barreled glass around in my camera bag, interchanging it with fancy light boxes called cameras: To assist in the telling of what it’s like to bear witness to the wonder of this planet. 

How these words stumble out of my brain and clack onto this screen so incompletely,,,


Photo Credits:  Sand Dunes with Snow by Susan J. Preston, San Luis Valley, Colarado, NM © 2019, all rights reserved
Technical: Fuji XT-3 | XF 100-400MM F4.5-5.6 R ML OIS WR