Sep 4 2013

NM Wine Festival in Bernalillo

It’s always entertaining hanging out with a bunch of happy people, music, and essentially an open bar on an extremely hot day. The 2013 New Mexico Wine Festival over the Labor Day weekend was no exception. I was there to help Amy tend her art booth (and, alas, did not get to sample any of the wines except a glass from the friendly folks and booth-neighbors at Ponderosa Winery), but it was a highly entertaining event. There are a surprising number of New Mexico wineries! Grapes prefer difficult soil and wines prefer dry climates during harvesting. As long as the grapes are established and get enough water, in theory they should thrive in many parts of New Mexico.

Amy M Ditto tending her photography booth. Amy was the only photographer at the festival. Most photographers stopped attending the Wine Festival due to poor sales. Amy was undeterred.

Amy M. Ditto tending her photography booth. Amy was the only photographer at the festival this year, but there were several other artists, including several jewelers, painters, glass and tile artists, and sculptors.

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May 23 2013

Madrid NM Crawdaddy Blues Fest 2013

In a random “Let’s go to Madrid to hang out with friends” event, Amy and I visited Madrid, NM, for their Crawdad and Blues Festival which was held behind the Mine Shaft Tavern. I have to admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of “mud bugs”, but this was not only a ton of fun, a ton of food, a ton of beer, and a ton of great music … but those mud bugs can be really tasty! The billing says “Live Blues Crawfish and Shrimp Boil” and yes, it was indeed live crayfish being boiled! It doesn’t get fresher.


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Feb 3 2013

Lee Marmon– The Acoma Collection

Photo by Tom Corbett (2006)

Lee Marmon with his signature image “White Man’s Moccasins” (1954)
Photo by Tom Corbett (2006)

The best concert I ever went to was a BB King concert.  I’ve seen him several times, but this time was different.  It was in a small, intimate venue and before almost every song, BB would tell a little story about the origins of the song or what it meant to him.  It… was… awesome!  This was an experience I will never forget, and am so glad I got to see–nay, be a part of–because that’s how it felt.  I wasn’t just a casual observer of some great blues, BB was talking to me and everyone in that room that night.

It’s not often you get to meet an icon. Someone who was positioned perfectly in space and time to document a culture in flux. And, someone with the talent to do it well.  That’s who eighty-seven year old Lee Marmon is.  And, although I haven’t met him yet, I, like you, will have the opportunity to do so the evening of March 1st, at the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery in Old Town.  Although I personally have not met Lee, several of my colleagues have, and they tell me he is a warm, delightful, unassuming story-teller of a man.  This is not something I want to miss.  Meeting Lee will be something I will remember fondly and his opening at APG will be something I know I will be glad to be a part of.

So, why is this guy so special?  If you are not familiar with the name, I’d be surprised if you’re not familiar with his work.  Born in Laguna in 1925, Lee’s signature image “White Man’s Moccasins” (1954) is only one of many images of tribal elders and life to be globally recognized as a visual documentary of cultural change throughout the Southwest in the mid-twentieth century.  His collection of images has been deemed of such significance that the University of New Mexico purchased his negatives in 2009.
Lee’s photographic career includes service as the official photographer for the Bob Hope Desert Classic Golf Tournament (1967-1973), publication in books and magazines such as Time, The New York Times Magazine, Aperture, the Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times, New Mexico Magazine, Native Peoples, and Southwest Art.  His works were also featured in the Peabody Award-winning PBS series, “Surviving Columbus”.  His 2004 book “The Pueblo Imagination”, written in collaboration with Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz, and Leslie Marmon Silko is award-winning.  And, in June 2006, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts for the “legacy of integrity” his works have inspired during the 59 years Marmon has been practicing his craft.

If you’re not sufficiently impressed enough yet, I’ll let the imagery do the talking.












That’s right boys and girls.  Lee Marmon is a photographic “rockstar”.  And, you can meet him with me.  You don’t want to miss this!

Lee will be at the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery signing fine art posters of four of his images including a special edition of White Man’s Moccasins (1954) on March 1st from 5-8pm.  His work will be on display throughout March and April, 2013.  The exhibit includes 21 signed silver gelatin prints which represent the last prints the artist will ever make of these images (as noted previously, the University of New Mexico purchased his negatives in ’09).  All of the images linked above (including White Man’s Moccasins) and many more will be on display and available for sale.  I’ve seen many of them.  They’re fantastic.  (And no, “fantastic” doesn’t even begin to capture how wonderful these images are.  You’ll just have to come see for yourself.  You think you have seen someone’s art, and then you see it in person, and everything changes.)  Hope to see you March 1st!
Lee Marmon- The Acoma Collection
March 1- April 30, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, March 1 (5-8pm)



The Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery
Plaza Don Luis, Old Town
303 Romero Street NW
(upstairs) STE N208
Albuquerque, NM 87104


For even more information about Lee, check out the Wikipedia article on him.

DCF Event Announcement

Lee Marmon– The Acoma Collection– Facebook Event Page

Jul 25 2012

Curio Cowboys @ O’Neill’s Pub

Some of the best pleasures are those that are unplanned.  Last Sunday Stef and I stopped off for some food at O’Neill’s and wound up meeting the Curio Cowboys, a local western swing group here in Albuquerque.  I suggested to Stef that he take some shots of them, and the next thing I knew he had light stands up everywhere.  Here are the pics!  Oh, and the CC’s were great!


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Jun 9 2012

“I want that” food photography

When shooting food photography, I strive to evoke a singular response in the viewer:

“I want that.”

Desert Fish - Salmon

Whether it’s conscious or not, I want the viewer’s eyes to widen, her mouth to water, and color to come back into her vision as if suddenly awakened from a reverie of mediocre food.

I want my food photography to be Pavlov’s bell for Albuquerque restaurants. Bringing a physiological and emotional effect is one of the highest compliments and challenges for any photographer, and most people have a long-lost emotional attachment to food. I want them to remember that attachment, and become involved in the simple act of viewing, because it reminds them of the joy of flavor, scent, sound, and the tactile. Whether it’s the crackly sound and feeling of a baguette breaking beneath your fingertips, or the light glistening in a drop of honey with the scent of warm peaches, I want my photography to not only convey the image but also to remind the viewer of good food in one’s past.

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Mar 30 2012

Amy Joins the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery

As many of you know, Amy has been doing a lot of Fine Art work. (You can see her work on our main business site or Signed, limited edition prints are only available through the gallery or via phone or e-mail ordering.) She has recently been juried into the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery in Old Town. The information for the gallery here in Albuquerque Old Town is:

303 Romero Street NW
(upstairs) in suite N208
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Open daily from 10:30AM until 6PM
Friday & Saturday until 8PM

Amy is tremendously excited about being a part of New Mexico’s only juried photography co-op! In addition to her work, that of 10 other award-winning photographers is on display. Styles are diverse, from conventional to avant-garde. Members staff the gallery, so come on by and say “hi”, and “like” us on Facebook and join our mailing list for regular updates regarding the gallery and specials! Thanks for all of your support, folks- she would not be there without all of you!

Feb 5 2011

Dia de los Muertos y Marigolds Parade, 2010

El Dia de los Muertos, the day of the dead, is a tradition steeped in thousands of years of history, dating back the Aztecs. The holiday in modern times is celebrated in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Soul’s day and is a time for family and friends to gather and remember the dead. Private altars honoring the deceased adorned with offerings of favorite foods/beverages of the deceased, candy skulls, and marigolds, are often constructed, and fiestas and parades are common to celebrations of the holiday. For more on the history of el Dia, visit Wikipedia and for information regarding the annual parade (which the photos below are of), visit Muertos Y Marigolds.Org.

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Sep 10 2010

Burn, Baby Burn: Old Man Gloom Goes Down! (The Burning of Zozobra)

Zozobra is a hideous but harmless fifty-foot bogeyman marionette. He is a toothless, empty-headed facade. He has no guts and doesn’t have a leg to stand on. He is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. He never wins. He moans and groans, rolls his eyes and twists his head. His mouth gapes and chomps. His arms flail about in frustration. Every year we do him in. We string him up and burn him down in ablaze of fireworks. At last, he is gone, taking with him all our troubles for another whole year. Santa Fe celebrates another victory. Viva la Fiesta! – A.W. Denninger

Hands down my favorite “holiday” event, the annual burning of the effigy of Zozobra signifies the cleansing of anguish, anxiety and gloom- a symbolic purge of all that that is negative in our lives. In this way, I think of it as a kind of New Mexican New Year’s celebration. A tradition since 1924, there is nothing quite as exhilarating (if a bit disturbing) as standing in the crowd of thousands shouting “burn him!!”. For a full history of the event, visit the official website. While the images below aren’t quite as good as being there, we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed capturing them!

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