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Craig Pindell Photographer

The Ancient Ones

in Art Photography 

      For many years I have enjoyed hunting Anasazi structures and rock art on the Colorado Plateau.  Photographing these sites is technically challenging and artistically satisfying in many ways.  As much as I enjoy the photography, the hiking and finding the rsite is probably more fun than the photography work itself.  The canyons of the Colorado Plateau are some of the most magnificent places on earth.  The mostly undisturbed beauty and seclusion are unmatched anywhere.  Although there are more visitors now than there used to be, it is still a great place to unwind and enjoy the solitude.

      Part of the joy of Anasazi hunting is coming around a bend in the canyon and there in front of you is an unexpected structure or panel;  treasure that few will ever see.  Usually, at that point I sit for a bit and appreciate the way the site is situated in its part of the geography, the sites individual relationship with the planet. These sites are sacred, and must be visited with reverence and humility. No two sites are situated exactly the same. Different rock formations make for different construction, and therefore different photographs, with different lighting and different visual composition possibilities.  I slip off the backpack and walk around a bit looking for possible camera positions, evaluate lighting, consider filter options, and take time to understand the entire situation.

      Sometimes, I will be able to see the possible photograph quickly, but sometimes it takes a bit to see the photo that "speaks" to me. Occasionally I may see more than one possibility, but usually there is one view that seems to best convey my experience and my emotions at the time.  There are times that I just hang around the site for a while, waiting for the light to be right, or waiting for the inspiration, or just enjoying the moment.  During these times, I sit where the Anazazi sat, I see the view they saw, I imagine what life must have been like during their times.  I have no doubt it was a challenging life, but when I compare the beauty of where they lived to some of the locations I work, I think I would gladly trade!

       The photographs you see here have been made over the course of many years and are mainly from the Four Corners area.  I will not be more specific than that for a couple of reasons.  First, part of the magic of the sites lies in finding them.  If I tell the viewer where to look, I have taken away that joy.  Second; as much joy as there is in finding a site, there is just as much heartbreak in finding a site that has been vandalized or damaged.  The disgust I have for anyone who would destroy these treasures is impossible to put into words.  I will not help the bums find these ruins.  If I can find a way to help them be prosecuted, I will do so. Vandals Suck.

      I hope you enjoy these photographs. Each and every image means a great deal to me.

 

810062 - Structure With dramatic ceiling

 

 

 

 

 

1881 - Newspaper Rock

 

 

 

 

 

810067 - Structure with White Stripe and Leaning Walls

 

 

 

 

 

1493 - Skiing Man and White Bird Rock Art Panel

 

 

 

 

 

57005 - Double Doorway and Varnish Wall

 

 

 

 

 

1517 - No Longer Perfect Kiva

 

 

 

 

 

1511 - Small, High, Hidden Structure

 

 

 

 

 

1500 - Two Story Structure and Doorway

 

 

 

 

 

1475 - Kiva Opening and Structures

 

 

 

 

 

1404 - White Ceiling Structure

 

 

 

 

 

1397 - Magnificent Castle Structure

 

 

 

 

 

1472 - Inside The Kiva

 

 

 

 

 

1270 - The Other Flame Structure Site

 

 

 

 

 

1267 - Three Structures and A Flaky Ceiling

 

 

 

 

 

1257 - Waddle and Daub.  And Varnish.

 

 

 

 

 

1174 - Rock Art Above The River

 

 

 

 

 

1485 - Structure with Green Stripe

 

 

 

 

 

1158 - Structure at the base of the tall wall

 

 

 

 

 

1073 - Nuclear Powered Celestial Ceiling Structure

 

 

 

 

 

1029 - White House Site, Canyon de Chelle

 

 

 

 

 

1018 - Structure In A Wave

 

 

 

 

 

1017 - Small Structure Under Varnish Wall

 

 

 

 

 

890 - Square Structure in Square Alcove

 

 

 

 

 

1013 - Structure Under Slick Wall

 

 

 

 

 

920 - Square Structure with Side Handprints

 

 

 

 

 

889 - Glowing Structure

 

 

 

 

 

887 - Unreachable Site

  

  

 

 

878 -  Structure and Bright Handprints

 

 

 

 

   875 - Structure and Handprints

  

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