Good energy. Sometimes when I arrive at a place I’ve never visited before, I instantly get a sense or a vibe from it. Part of it might be my state of mind when I get there, but I think it’s something more than that. Some places just have something creative, artistic or even mystical about them. You can feel it hanging in the air.
Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of those places. I recently spent a week there and it was one of the most inspiring time I’ve had in a while. I think it ranks as the third or fourth largest art market in the USA and I can see why. The amount of creative energy coming out of that location is rare.
I gave myself what photographers call a “self-assignment” to make an image of a subject I had never done before. I grew up loving trains when I was a kid and so I headed to an abandoned trainyard near the center of town. When I got there, I parked and took my camera out, but something wasn’t quite ready yet. So I drove off and explored another part of the city before coming back a little later.
Then I began shooting. Quietly exploring the tons of metal that seemed to be sleeping on the rails. I walked quietly around it, perhaps so as not to wake it as the afternoon sun set. I’ve never photographed something so lifeless before. But it still had energy. Good energy.
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