This i one of my favorite photographs from the trip.
Iíve been to Monument Valley several times, and Iíve made the obligatory photographs of the Totem Poles, the sand dunes, and Salt Creek. On this trip, I turned my attention elsewhere.
Until a couple of years ago, though, Iím not sure I would have been able to turn my camera away from the familiar scenes I knew the rest of our group was photographing. As the trip leader, I used to feel it incumbent upon myself to photograph what the others photographed. In fact, I do photograph the same things. Now, though, Iím more willing to give myself over to other subjects, too.
Now itís not so important that I make photographs of a particular place, like Monument Valley, or Yellowstone, or Yosemite. Itís more important that Iím making photographs in those places, no matter what the subject.
In other words, being somewhere I love, photographing in a place I love, has become more important to me than trying to photograph the place itself. It's a bit like fishing for some people, for whom catching a fish isn't paramount; it's the act of fishing they enjoy.