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,,,
Technical: Fuji XT-3 | XF 100-400MM F4.5-5.6 R ML OIS WR
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Whatever calls to you now. Whatever sings for your attention or knocks on your door, turn toward it. Run with wings flapping pulling the light within you forward….
What gateways to awareness are emerging in this moment? Where do you sense suffering? Where are the thresholds of beauty and wonder?
You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them…