I am very excited about the opening of ADOBE! This is an ongoing project of mine that started several years ago. The photographs are of adobe buildings in Northern New Mexico in the towns of Taos and Abiquiu, and at Ghost Ranch. Adobe buildings are made of mud and grass. The color is of the reddish brown soil. The adobe building can last hundreds of years or more and one such structure, the Taos Pueblo, is an ancient multilevel structure that has been inhabited for over 1000 years. The people living at the Pueblo continue to live like their ancestors did with no electricity, running water, or central heat. The water comes from a stream that runs through the middle of the complex. Each home is heated by fireplaces and the insulation comes from one to two foot thick walls. Adobe walls are textured and the corners are rounded and smooth which gives a soft appearance. Artistically this becomes very apparent when the sun is low in the horizon and the shadows along the edges reveal a subtle gradient of light to dark gray.
This countryside of Northern New Mexico is vast and beautiful, with skies that are deep blue and puffy white cumulus clouds that drift in the crisp dry desert air. The dark color of the sky against the light reddish brown adobe offers stunning contrast, especially in black and white photos.
The ADOBE photo opening is on March 6th from 6PM to 9PM at 106 Orr Street Studios, Columbia, MO.