Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2017 Road Trip: From Bomb to Art

We saw this V2 Rocket Engine at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, and I couldn't resist photographing it.  Such wonderful geometry inside such a deadly object.

I couldn't resist playing with the image in Photoshop Elements either.

You might find this as an abstract print in a hotel room somewhere, or hanging in a museum.  I could have an artist's statement about the vital role of art in transforming images of death into images of beauty, hope or life.  I could make some reference to the Bible, and turning swords into ploughshares.

But I think I'd rather just leave you with this evocative image instead.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 Road Trip, Day 2: Alamogordo, NM

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Our original plan was to drive through El Paso and see the Border Patrol Museum — which, if you look their website, seems to be pretty campy and is rumored (by them) to be "one of our Nation’s best kept secrets."  However, the museum was closed on Mondays, so we went through Alamogordo instead.

Our alternate route brought us to the New Mexico Museum of Space History instead, and three flags waving proudly in the wind.

If you've never crouched down on the sidewalk while your significant other walks in circles around you, sighing impatiently as you try repeatedly for the perfect shot, you cannot truly appreciate the effort that went into this photograph.

Don't worry - my DH got over his grumpiness when he got to explore space junk!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017 Road Trip: Day One, Mesilla NM Cont.

These images seem twinned to me, somehow. It's not just the visual similarity of two slender white vertical objects; it's also that I took the two photos one after the other without remembering the prayerful figure from the previous shot  When I loaded the photos into Aperture and saw them for the first time side by side, they just resonated.  Our subconscious minds are sometimes wiser than we know!

Downtown Mesilla is really lovely, BTW.  After wandering through the streets and shops, we had a great dinner at La Posta, which Google describes as a "New Mexican restaurant in an 18th century stagecoach station also features a piranha tank & aviary."  I loved the food - best Mexican cole slaw ever! - but of course the macaws, cockatoo and Amazon parrots stole my heart.