Fine Art Photography by Frederick M. Stevens
The Heritage Collection
Spanish Mission Pueblos


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.
 
~φ~ Fred Stevens

 

Abo
New Mexico
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Gran Quivira
New Mexico

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Pecos
New Mexico
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Quarai
New Mexico
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