Fine Art Photography by Frederick M. Stevens
Images of a Cross-Cultural Past
The Spanish Mission Pueblos portfolios feature
images from numerous locations, currently they will
be locations in New Mexico. These places are
where the Spanish explorers, colonists,
conquistadors, missionaries established settlements.
These were built in proximity and usually with the
participation of the local indigenous peoples.
Whether that participation was entirely voluntary
has been the subject of many a debate. While
important, that debate has no place here.
What has always interested me, like my other
collections of heritage sites, is their hidden
stories, traces of human presence, and the
mysterious echoes of humanity showing through the
visual traces that remain. As I have written
about other "ghost towns", when I create a
successful image of these places, I feel that there
is an invisible portrait imbedded in each one; a
person standing at a window, in a doorway or against
a wall. While they are not physically visible,
they are there. As these places are near my
home in the Southwest, they hold particular
fascination for me. You will find unique
images and recurring themes and images of similar
design and composition, but with varying textures,
colors and surroundings.
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