Monday, February 26, 2018

Defining the Character of Landscape
How do we define landscape?  Looking up the meaning of landscape the dictionary provides:  a landscape is the visible features of an area of land, its landforms and how they integrate with natural or man-made features

The character of landscape helps define the self-image of the people who inhabit it and a sense of place that differentiates one region from other regions.  It is the dynamic backdrop to people’s lives. 

The character of landscape is a history book.  Providing knowledge and lessons of the past and defining the future.  How will the future of our children's landscape be defined by our actions and activities on the landscape today? 

be strong, be safe, Talon 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Meet Zena
I'd like to introduce Zena, the spirit of a buffalo killed 138 years ago during the great massacre.  She showed up this past August originally as a painting made by my wife Nancy. Rather quickly Zena became more than a mere painting.  She shared a short story about a very big subject with Nancy.

Zena isn't politically correct; she tells it like it is, which at first may take a bit getting used to. However, you soon find her truth and directness immensely refreshing.  She calls it Bison Wisdom.  It's ancient, practical and it worked flawlessly for thousands of years when buffalo roamed North America by the millions.  

After their conversations Nancy made a promise to Zena to spread Bison Wisdom to women (and men).  In the buffalo world Zena explained to Nancy, "females lead and males protect. That's because we understand the connection with the Earth Mother since we are also the nurturers and givers of life." 

Nancy collected all those powerful thoughts from Zena.  She put them together in a small book about a very big subject.  There's much to be learned from a species that understands how to work together for the good of the whole.  Bison Wisdom.  What can it teach us all?  You just have to read this book to see all the wisdom it contains and how Zena shares it.  It is a book you will want to share with family and friends.

Zena and Nancy are sharing Real Women Have Horns - Discovering You inner Buffalo as support for the mission and goals of Question of Power and the Greater Chaco Landscape Project.  They will send you a signed copy of the book with your  501c3 donation to the project.  Click here to support the project and receive your book.

be strong,be safe, Talon

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Unheard Voices of Our Children

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addressed a rally on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, days after a horrific shooting at her school where 17 individuals were killed.  These are the unheard voices of our children in America today.  These are their fears and concerns caused by a government who does not listen.  Take a moment to see and hear a very brave young woman who is creating a voice for our unheard children across the country.  Click here to see and hear Emma.

Thank you Emma for standing brave and tall.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Friday, February 16, 2018

 Our Children's Safety

In regards to the South Florida high school shooting this week I can't help but wonder why we spend so much money on cribs, strollers, car seats, bicycle helmets, etc. for our children's safety, but fail to protect them from bullets.  Where is the conscience of a government that approves the sale of assault weapons in staggering numbers without giving any thought to whose hands they end up in.  We should be ashamed of ourselves that a child can not go to school without fear of being killed.  We should be ashamed of ourselves that guns are more valuable to this country's economy than a single child's life is.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Monday, February 12, 2018

Chacoan Outliers - Erasing History
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which governs land use throughout much of the Greater Chaco Landscape, has estimated that a combination of horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, enables profitable extraction of oil and gas from tight shale deposits beneath Chaco Canyon and it's environs. The BLM’s Farmington office estimates about 40 percent of the nearly 10,000 additional wells forecast for the basin will be drilled near Chaco Canyon.
The BLM acknowledges that despite the precautions energy companies are obligated to take, the likelihood of damage to ancient sites will increase with more roads, traffic, workers, construction — and later, new service roads can make the countryside around Chaco more accessible to vandals and looters. All that, in the words of an agency analysis, will probably cause “a general downward trend of site integrity and scientific potential.” The agency, nonetheless, has rejected requests to postpone a March 2018 lease auction.

With over 40,000 wells in the Greater Chaco Landscape many Chacoan outliers are currently adjacent to well operations.  Click to see and hear The Sound of Sacred Sites.

Chaco left no written language. The history is written in the landscape,” said Acoma Pueblo archaeologist Theresa Pasqual. “When we disturb the landscape, we erase the pages of the history book.”

be strong, be safe, Talon

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Women Warriors
Thousands of women (and men) converged on the Santa Fe, NM Plaza on Sunday for the second annual Women’s March, a local demonstration of support in what has become one of the largest single-day political protests for human rights in American history.
Traffic police and march organizers estimated between 4,000 and 5,000 people made the five-block trek to the Plaza.
It was an event for all ages.  Women united were marching for equal rights, reproductive rights, the struggles of DACA Dreamers facing deportation, the increasing issues of racism in the nation, corruption, and fear of nuclear war.
Colorful signs, paper mâché puppets and knitted pink protest hats filled the Santa Fe Plaza.
Women Warriors stood tall and proud.  The crowd cheered accompanied by the beating of drums.
Dogs bundled for the cold carried personal statements.
It was a good day to be in the streets with Women Warriors.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Greater Chaco Landscape
Chaco Canyon, located in northwestern New Mexico, is arguably the most significant ancient cultural site in the United States.  Between AD 900 and 1150, Chaco Canyon was a major center of culture for the Ancient Pueblo Peoples.  The canyon contains the remnants of great houses, kivas, ancient roads, gridded gardens, irrigation systems and sacred places built by an indigenous people who were proficient in architecture, agriculture, the arts and astronomy.
Gas and oil development on and near Navajo communities in the Greater Chaco Landscape of the Southwest is growing at an exponential rate.  Each green circle represents an existing well pad.  New gas and oil leases in the area surround Navajo community members and Chaco Canyon Cultural National Historical Park.  The BLM is opening up over 300 new leases in March 2018.  Click here to see a larger map.  Question of Power is working  to develop media and the resources necessary to create a visual voice for Navajo community members living within the gas and oil development area, the Greater Chaco Landscape, and the Chaco Cultural National Historical Park.  Click here to learn how you can help provide support for this important work.

"Danrte once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis maintain their neutrality...And it's not sufficient just being against, just saying, 'Well, I don't think I like the way things are going.'  We have a responsibility to offer an alternative."
Bobby Kennedy 1964

be strong, be safe, Talon

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Art of Seeing
The photographer's goal is to see and share the world in the strongest possible way.  Truthful, revealing, and penetrating.  The art of photography is the art of seeing.  The strength and integrity of a photograph lies in the seeing.  The rules of photographic composition are often invalid and over power what lies between the spirit of the photographer and the subject.

Every photographer has their own way of seeing, expressing, feeling.  The challenge is to allow the seeing be shared in the photograph rather than standing aloof from it.  Adequate technique is necessary.  Confidence is required.  Developing confidence in the seeing is the challenge.

This coming March 4 - 9 I will be teaching Expressive Black and White Landscapes and Fine Art Digital Print Making at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  We will be working in the landscape around Santa Fe understanding the art of seeing.  Returning to the digital lab we will craft our expression of the landscape into the fine art black and white print.  Consider joining me.  It will be a week spent in exploring and understanding the challenge of the art of seeing.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Friday, January 5, 2018

Ridin' into the New Year
Closing the book on 2017.  Starting a new one for 2018.  For many of us 2017 just flat out seemed to be one of those years.  Maybe one of those years we are ready to close the book on.  Lost a very special friend in 2017.  That's Kevin in the photograph.  Always a smile on his face.  Always a special friend.  Met him over 30 years ago.  He was just 19 when he knocked on my studio door lookin' for a job.  He kept knockin'.  Every month for almost a year.  Then one day we started working together.  Solid, strong, dependable, honest.  Years went by.  We rode many miles together on two wheels.  Made thousands of photographs in the studio.  Never forget the first day in the studio together.  He came in all dressed up wearing a brand new sweatshirt.  On the front in very large print "Crotch Rocket".  We had to tame that down a bit, it all worked out.  

Going to miss you Kevin.  Miss you a lot.  Can feel your spirit with the thump of the motor and sound of two wheels on the road.  Can see the sun on your back and the smile on your face.  Ride on brother.

be strong, be safe, Talon