Many Vision Quest seekers wear hats to explain Henry David Thoreau in the Walden Forest. I couldn’t learn what it had to teach, nor could I discover that I wasn’t alive when I came to die. “
Thoreau’s Walden was the first story that came to mind when he began thinking about a year-long photography project at the Boskedel Apache National Wildlife Sanctuary near NM San Antonio. The world of simple living, such as telephones, radios, televisions, computers, cars, and other modern life traps, is not as easy as it must have been in Thoreau’s time. However, with the support of his wife, I was able to arrange my work, stay in a shelter, and take pictures of the center of my daily life. Therefore, December 21, the winter of 2021. Evacuation year born.
The voluntary challenges are clear. Trekking 19 miles from Sokoro’s home, taking pictures daily for 12 months at the 57,331 acres of Bossk del Apache National Wildlife Sanctuary, and looking back at the sanctuary as a place and opportunity for personal learning. And self-discovery. (Allowed monthly visits to my mother, now 96 years old, a day away by car in Arizona. These visits indicate that I was absent from the shelter for only three days since I started. Hopefully, these visits are the only ones I missed in the remaining nine months. Yes, I really know Murphy’s Law.)
I visited the Bossk del Apache National Wildlife Sanctuary and took pictures for 20 years before I started. Evacuation year And I’ve always been anxious to see how shelters have changed over the course of the year and what I can learn from immersing myself there every day. The shelter is on many birdwatching and photographer bucket lists and is internationally renowned for its wintering opportunities to see sandhill cranes, snow geese and ducks.
However, the Boskedel Apache National Wildlife Sanctuary offers a much deeper experience than is obvious to those who just go around the tour loop in the winter. My goal is to provide viewers with a wider and more intimate window to the shelter through my photographs.
The painter overlays the brushstrokes with the brushstrokes to finally reveal the essence of the subject. I don’t expect to see the big picture with one stroke. Similarly, I would like to provide each photo as a small revelation of the nature of the Bossk del Apache National Wildlife Sanctuary. We hope that will lead to a deeper understanding of the beauty and importance of our natural world and this special place along Rio Grande.
It is one of the important gifts of the shelter, and the reason many visitors tell me to “nourish the soul” is to remind us that we humans are only a small part of the universe. Like seeing the stars on a clear night, the experience at the shelter can fill us with surprise and awe.
The 3,000 geese that emerge from the surface of the water at dawn are close enough to feel the air from their wings squeezing their faces, much like the first humans in the region over 23,000 years ago. You have to feel. .. And the question about our position in the universe seems to blend in irrelevantly in the experience of the timeless moment. For many visitors, it’s the experience of being at the moment they take home with them.
As a human being and as a photographer, the question I often ask is, “Why do these moments bring us such joy?” The desire to answer this question motivates my work and spurs me to find dramatic or quieter images, like poetry that deepens over time.
I didn’t find a single answer to this question, but what I often repeat is that the experience of joy reflects our ability as the mirror reflects the person looking into it. It means that it reflects. Thousands of birds flying overhead on the morning before the cold dawn, the mauve and crimson sunrises reflected in the pond, and the clear crystal winter morning light that reveals the snow-covered mountains, our joy. While looking at the wild objects of, we experience that part, which is also wild and fun. At those intimate moments, we must expose ourselves to what we are offering, a clear and fragile path to our own wild mind.
Update Evacuation year here The Santa Fe New Mexico In about 3 months. Temporarily, I encourage you to view more of my images on my website DonBoyd.com and follow my post on the website blog and facebook.com/DonBoydPhoto. If you want to sign up for my blog or occasional newsletter, you can also sign up on my website. Thank you for traveling with us so far.