Birthday Party was great!
I'm a member of the Albuquerque Photographers Gallery, located in historic Old Town Albuquerque - http://www.abqphotographersgallery.com. The Gallery is a unique art scene in Albuquerque; it is the only cooperative art gallery in New Mexico dedicated solely to exhibiting and promoting contemporary fine art photography by local artists. The Gallery features unique images capturing the beauty and mystery of the Southwest and beyond by the 10 members of the Gallery, plus guest artists.
The Gallery reached its 15th year of operations in April, and we had a birthday party to celebrate on April 14, 2018. The celebration was great fun: tons of guests, many new visitors, alumni artists showing their work, prizes, and two kinds of cake! If you weren't able to stop in on the 14th, please plan to visit the Gallery on your next stop in Albuquerque. The alumni photographers' work will be up through May 12, and our current members are bringing in new work to replace the many images that sold during the party.
I spent a great day shooting with a fellow photographer from the APG Photographers' Gallery, Gale Sutton-Barbere, along the remnants of historic Route 66, working west from Albuquerque. Gale has been exploring sites along Route 66 for years, and was a fantastic guide for my first experience going back into highway history. The weather was cool, damp, and sometimes foggy, but the sun did poke through for us several times. I've added my favorite images in the "Recent Work" and "Black + White" galleries. The image at the top of this page captures a stretch of Route 66 where it parallels Interstate 40 just west of Laguna, NM.
If you are interested in the history of Route 66, there is an excellent exhibit at the Cibola Arts Council's builidng in Grants, NM. Their Route 66 Vintage Museum is built around historic postacrds from the area, all tied to the highway. Definitely worth a visit to dive back into the past!
In celebration of 2018, I've made up a year-at-a-glance calendar featuring a backdrop of the 2017 Balloon Fiesta. You can option-click/right-click click here to download the calendar file as a pdf. It's sized for printing full tabloid (11X17) and you can resize down from that for your printer.
Chasing Rock Art
I did a short hike in the Petroglyph National Monument in 2015, and returned late in 2017 for a longer hike on a 2.2 mile loop trail through Rinconada Canyon. The Monument covers about 7,000 acres on the west edge of Albuquerque, and is home to over 20,000 petroglyphs! It is one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago.
Rock art is a unique culteral resource, transporting us back to the time when artists made the only records of their surroundings, events, and dreams. Interpretation of the carvings and paintings today is almost impossible, as we lack the context needed to truly understand the message intended to be conveyed. My photography tries to bring these silent messengers from the past into today's world as both art and culture, imperfect as our understanding may be.
I've placed a series of images from Rinconada Canyon at the top of the Recent Work gallery. Check back to see some astounding images from througout the Southwest. I'll also be using the Monument as part of an upcoming field workshop - look at this page for more details. You can see many of my rock art images on my Instragram page: https://www.instagram.com/cksandbergnm/