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Panels of gold, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2010
03-JUN-2010

Panels of gold, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2010

The evening sun turned the wall of this dry goods store into three panels of glistening golden adobe. I used these panels to divide this image into thirds. The first third at left remains open, leading to the panel bearing the store sign, which gives us context for the locale. I waited until a silhouetted figure wearing a western hat entered the third panel, just in front of the sign, and made this image. I liked the jaunty upturned brim of the hat -- the abstracted figure symbolically comes to represent all who have lived in this quintessential western town over the decades.

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Phil Douglis20-Jul-2010 21:09
Less is usually more with expressive photography, Vera. It certainly is the case here.
saltzman4018-Jul-2010 00:40
This image is filled with mystery. Once again, with so little you say so much.
Phil Douglis23-Jun-2010 18:24
Thanks, Lisa, for your comment. As you note, this image is built on the interplay between light and shadow, and the textures and tonality that is present. The figure, and the brim of its hat adds subject matter that helps express the essence of the place itself.
lisamidi22-Jun-2010 22:29
Brilliant shadow play and supebr tones! BV
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