Tuesday, January 16, 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, Carlan

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.  In 2011 Kevin rode across Route 66 with me during our Question of Power fund raiser.

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, Carlan

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Seeing, Feeling, Expressing...photographically
Last week was spent co-teaching a National Geographic Photography Workshop in Santa Fe.  Been teaching these for over ten years now.  If memory serves me, this would be close to number sixty.  Over the years the photography schedule and locations have remained the same.  Last Thursday Ghost Ranch.
Time and again, the question arises..."How do you return to a familiar location and see, feel, and express it in a different way?"
Is it the light?  Time of day? Season of the year?  The moment?  Very often the phrase...sense of place is tossed around.
Does the photographer become part of the equation?  Often I will slow students down in a workshop.  Suggesting they take a moment to not only see but more importantly to feel.  

Feel the moment.  Feel the place.  Then express.  Is the expression literal or conceptual?  The answer can only come directly from the heart of the photographer.  Been there many times...always feels different to me.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Friday, September 8, 2017

Breakin' from the Radio Waves...Back on the Highways

You never know who you might run into walking down the street.  Today on the way to the KMRD studio heard my name being called out.  Turned to see two traveling' bikers.  Took a moment...then I knew they were some brothers from across the border in Canada.
Joe and Mike are on a blue highways road trip across from Ottowa to the Southwest.  Perfect timing for a radio chat about Travelin' and the Freedom of the Road.  Cllck on the play arrow to hear the show.
Signin' off from the radio waves and getting back on the highways.  Final show.  Great way to end.

 BUT....Stay tuned here for new Blue Highway photo stories.  Comin' to you from those two laners across America.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Thursday, September 7, 2017

On the Road Again
There are times when photography and riding a motorcycle are one.  All the senses are connected.  A machine made from many parts now filled with life.  It carry's me across the country.  Wind on my face.  Sun warming my back.  A good day to be alive.  Tune into Talon's Tips and Tales Friday September 8, at 11 am MT on KMRD-FM 96.9 streaming live on www.kmrd.fm/listen for my final show, Freedom of the Road, On the Road Again.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Heading' West to the BIGGEST Camera in the West
New Mexico US HWY 60 West.  Sun on my back.  Highway feelin' so smooth it's like floating across the landscape.  Headed West lookin' for the big camera.
Rule of the Road #1.  Always stop, make a u-turn if necessary, whenever you come across something you didn't see originally on the map.  Abo' is one of three ancestral sites making up what are called the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.  In the stones of the Abo' pueblo ruins are faint echoes of the communities that lived there 300 years ago.  The people forged a stable agricultural society with roots back as far as 7,000 years.  A major trade center with a population of more than 10,000 before the influences of the Spanish explorers.  After 1670 pueblo life was radically altered and the villages were abandoned, the pueblo people dispersed.
Magdalena, NM gateway to the VLA. Very Large Array, or simply the BIGGEST camera in the west.  Kickstand down at the High Country Lodge.  Better described as a "classic 60's type motor court".
Complete with modern day conveniences.  Always lookin' for a place to hang my leathers.  Never seem to get much use from the microwave or fridge.
Rule of the Road #2.  If a storms approaching park as close to room door as possible.  This provides for easy access to move the bike into the room under severe weather conditions.
Magdalena is known as "Trails End" for the railroad spur which was build to transport thousands of head of cattle from the west.  Heading west out of town after a "real cowboy" breakfast at the Magdalena Cafe US HWY 60 was the main route for an early morning cattle drive.  
Twenty-two miles west of Magdalena in a high mountain plateau are 27 dish antennas each 82 feet in diameter, weighting 230 tons.  The Very Large Array.  The BIGGEST camera in the West.  What is it?  How does it work?
The VLA is a radio telescope that makes detailed images of astronomical objects by collecting and processing the radio waves they naturally emit.  The radio waves are processed into digital images.  By studying these radio images, astronomers can see things invisible to optical telescopes.  The 27 dish antennas all work together as a single system.  The dishes are on rails in a Y-shaped configuration.  They can be moved to a maximum span of 22 miles.  When they are spread out they act like a wide angle camera lens.  Brought together, they form a telephoto lens.  Here's the big one.  A central supercomputer takes in data equivalent to 2.3 billion Tweets per second and performs 10,000,000,000,000,000 mathematical operations per second.  Now that's a lot of tweeting!  Pretty awesome stuff going on at the VLA.  Found ice on Mercury, making major contributions to understanding that billion-light-year-across empty "hole" in the Universe, and exploring the mysterious central region of our own Milky Way.  Way cool...or far out!  One BIG camera to say the least!
Heading back east on HWY 60 turned north on HWY 41.  Another, u-turn.  Just north of Moriarty spotted a field of various antennas, what appeared to be a deserted building with a paint peeling sign. "Ionosphere - Communication - Experiments".  Thinking this could only be in New Mexico.  Ancestral Puebloans studying the stars, the BIGGEST camera in the west making photographs of billion light year away regions, to a single individual lookin' to communicate with whoever may be out there.  

Nothing better than two wheels, a camera, and a two lane highway.

be strong, be safe, Talon

Friday, September 1, 2017

A camera for the starsThe BIGGEST camera in the West. Hear all about it and more on Talon's Tips and Tales.

be strong, be safe, Talon