Indian Market, Santa Fe: 2016

August 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I finally made it back to Santa Fe's Indian Market after not visiting in about three years. Because of my sabbatical this fall from teaching, I was not on the road back to Vegas, I was on my feet walking around and photographing the people attending Indian Market. It is always fun to see what people are wearing, how the parents are dragging their children form booth to booth, watching people eat the yummies found at any outdoor event. There are over 1000 Native artists, craftspeople, and designers exhibiting work. After 2 days I'm sure I did not even see everything. Some of the Artists sell out their booths in the first hour the market is open, This is a spectacular event for everyone involved.

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These images were shot with the Olympus Pen F and a 17mm lens, I wanted to travel light and fit in. I don't ask people if I can take their photo, many times people don't even notice, every once in a while they are not happy, then I smile and move on. When people are looking directly into the camera I think they are not even registering there is a camera, they were just walking past. I shoot many, many frames to pull out the moments that interest me. The shooting is not random, I am constantly looking and composing as I explore the scene, moving and trying to blend in. I had a great weekend making images.

I process the images in black and white to strip the emotion of color away, letting one focus on the people. I further alter the images by putting greater focus on the subject, letting a slight blur occur elsewhere in the frame.

 

 

 


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