Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Meet John Wayne...yes, really!
Yes, his real name is John Wayne.  He is a "real deal" cattle wrangler working on ranches here in New Mexico.  The Southwest is filled with so many incredible real individuals. I am teaching a photography workshop at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops coming up on July 8 - 13, 2018.  It's all about making real portraits of individuals like John Wayne who make up the true character of the American Southwest.

This workshop goes beyond cowboy portraits to explore and discover the iconic western portrait in its many faces. Each day, we photograph on location to document the many different characters that make up New Mexico.  We learn to see, express, and create meaningful portraits which reflect the individuals of the Southwest.  Light, location, and moment become our daily tools.

Join me in Santa Fe for an exciting week of making Portraits of the American Southwest.  You can follow this link for more information and to signup. Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Look forward to our paths meeting in Santa Fe.

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Greater Chaco Viewscapes
This morning I heard from several folks who subscribe to this blog via email that they could not see the Pierre's Outlier Greater Chaco Viewscape video.  Once you think you have technology by the tail, it can quickly turn around and bite you!  Sorry about the empty window in your email.  The good news here for the direct link to the video

You can also catch up on more of the current work directly at

Thanks for being with me on the journey.

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Greater Chaco Landscape Outliers

Chaco Culture National Historical Park includes more than just Chaco Canyon.  Throughout the San Juan Basin, and even a bit beyond, the whole region contains outlying great houses known as Outliers.  Energy industrialization of the Greater Chaco Landscape poses complex issues on the long-term stewardship of the land and impacts on these sacred cultural sites.

Using an aerial perspective we are creating Greater Chaco Viewscapes of the Outliers. Viewscapes share a sense of place to communicate the meaning and importance of the Sacred Sites connected to Chaco Canyon.

This Chaco Outlier is located fifteen miles north of Chaco Canyon on the Great North Road. The community consists of three small great houses, eleven small house sites, and a signal station. Two of the great houses are located on the top of a mesa called the Acropolis. The third great house is at the base of El Faro. The site is dated in the early 1100's. 

To spend time at one of these special places is a gift.  It's a place to renew the spirit and hear the whispers of people past as they remind one to pay attention.  Unfortunately, these sacred sites are being encroached upon by oil derricks and the constant clanging each one makes as it moves up and down, up and down 24/7.  How can humans know how to make good decisions when it comes to Mother Earth if we can't hear her speak?

The site is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Saturday, March 24, 2018

March for Our Lives
Today, March 24, 2018, marked an historical moment for our country and around the world.  Not since the marches protesting the war in Vietnam have we seen so many young people take to the streets to raise a voice against the killing of our children in our schools.  On December 7, 2017 two high school students were killed at Aztec High in Aztec NM north of Santa Fe.
Lack of adult leadership in our country has put the burden to speak out on our children's shoulders.
Young students from high schools across Northern New Mexico cried out calling for action to end gun violence.  Current school curriculum calls for regular scheduled defensive training in preparation for the moment an active shooter will be in their classrooms.  They will no longer be the unheard voices. 
"Never Again" is a call to action against school massacres and demands for gun control in an out of control society which allows our children to be senselessly killed.   Nothing can stand in their way calling for change.
"Protect Kids Not Guns" that asking too much for our children and grandchildren?

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Monday, February 26, 2018

Defining the Character of Landscape
How do we define landscape?  Looking up the meaning of landscape the dictionary provides:  a landscape is the visible features of an area of land, its landforms and how they integrate with natural or man-made features

The character of landscape helps define the self-image of the people who inhabit it and a sense of place that differentiates one region from other regions.  It is the dynamic backdrop to people’s lives. 

The character of landscape is a history book.  Providing knowledge and lessons of the past and defining the future.  How will the future of our children's landscape be defined by our actions and activities on the landscape today? 

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Meet Zena
I'd like to introduce Zena, the spirit of a buffalo killed 138 years ago during the great massacre.  She showed up this past August originally as a painting made by my wife Nancy. Rather quickly Zena became more than a mere painting.  She shared a short story about a very big subject with Nancy.

Zena isn't politically correct; she tells it like it is, which at first may take a bit getting used to. However, you soon find her truth and directness immensely refreshing.  She calls it Bison Wisdom.  It's ancient, practical and it worked flawlessly for thousands of years when buffalo roamed North America by the millions.  

After their conversations Nancy made a promise to Zena to spread Bison Wisdom to women (and men).  In the buffalo world Zena explained to Nancy, "females lead and males protect. That's because we understand the connection with the Earth Mother since we are also the nurturers and givers of life." 

Nancy collected all those powerful thoughts from Zena.  She put them together in a small book about a very big subject.  There's much to be learned from a species that understands how to work together for the good of the whole.  Bison Wisdom.  What can it teach us all?  You just have to read this book to see all the wisdom it contains and how Zena shares it.  It is a book you will want to share with family and friends.

Zena and Nancy are sharing Real Women Have Horns - Discovering You inner Buffalo as support for the mission and goals of Question of Power and the Greater Chaco Landscape Project.  They will send you a signed copy of the book with your  501c3 donation to the project.  Click here to support the project and receive your book.

be strong, be safe, Carlan

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Unheard Voices of Our Children

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addressed a rally on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, days after a horrific shooting at her school where 17 individuals were killed.  These are the unheard voices of our children in America today.  These are their fears and concerns caused by a government who does not listen.  Take a moment to see and hear a very brave young woman who is creating a voice for our unheard children across the country.  Click here to see and hear Emma.

Thank you Emma for standing brave and tall.

be strong, be safe, Carlan