Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Village of Doña Ana

I've added a few photos and words to my site's page about this little town a few miles north of Las Cruces, New Mexico. One of the reasons I like living in New Mexico is that one can still find these small traditional communities. Places like La Mesilla, Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque's Old Town have echoes of the old traditions, but mostly they are recently constructed fictions designed to fit the fantasies of tourists and help relieve them of their dollars.
    The change to the Doña Ana page is also part of an effort to make the web site easier to look at and navigate. I'm trying to put more of my recent photo work up front, and in some cases to provide more of my personal perspective on what the photos mean.
    The first six photos of Doña Ana were made with a borrowed Bessa-L and an ultra-wide Voigtländer lens. The last three pictures are from an old Bessamatic slr with the 35mm Skoparex.


Mary Connealy said...

Hi there.
My name is Mary Connealy. I'm betting we're related. :)
Nice blog.
I was going to to see my new great nephew.

Mike said...

Hi, Mary.

Always fun to come across another Connealy. I'm guessing you've got some relatives in the vicinity of Decatur. We were sorry recently to lose our main link to the area, my aunt Frances, a great lady. Our best wishes to the little guy and his mom.

Mary Connealy said...

I remember when she passed on, Mike.
I'm Tom and Marybelle Connealy's daughter in law.