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© Kristal Armendariz
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UploadedJanuary 13, 2009
TakenJanuary 11, 2009
Exposure1/800 sec at f/16
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm
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It isn’t often that I’m blown away by local photos. Don’t get me wrong… I love Las Cruces. I love New Mexico. But when I’m looking at ‘local photography’ it seems very cliche with lots of purple mountains, big moons and windmills.They are all nice enough and I’ve taken plenty of those sorts of shots myself, but it falls flat. Where is the spirit, the humor, the gritty every day stuff that makes this place so wonderful?

My sister gave me a note card with a photo of Balderas Appliances on Picacho before the hand-lettered signs were painted over with an awful purple. I loved the card and took a look at the website on the back: Robert Kaiser Photography. It’s hard to explain, but each of his photos captures something real. None of them feel staged or contrived. There is a celebration of the human spirit in his photography that makes the world seem a little smaller. It was inspiring, especially the travel section.

Saturday I stopped at the Farmer’s Market to see some of his work in person. He and his wife were both very kind and took the time to visit with me about the changes Las Cruces has seen over the past year. This card [see photo above] reminded me of another local spot that is no longer. I used to drive past this building every day when I took my daughter to school. Then, without warning, it was gone. How wonderful to find it again in an unexpected way.


6 responses

  • Talitha Tarro

    Talitha Tarro (Deleted) gave props (13 Jan 2009):

    Great shot. I clicked on this photo before seeing that it was a shot of the town where I grew up. Keep up the great work!

  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams gave props (13 Jan 2009):

    I love this type of shot. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Spectre Photo

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  • Marela

    Marela gave props (23 Apr 2009):

    very cool

  • rachelrobichaux

    rachelrobichaux gave props (4 Apr 2010):

    yeah this is awesome. really cool idea

  • marce garal

    marce garal gave props (15 Jul 2010):

    Great composition and idea. Vote!

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