Friday, March 28, 2008


In case you were wondering why I posted a sort of black image with odd looking stripes-I didn't. It's actually flickr making a mistake on us.

Methinks it needs yet another massage.

Until next time...


EricsFace, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

I can't think of anything more emotive than a blues guitar player hitting just the right note. It's raw emotion, unbottled, uncorked, let loose for all to enjoy.

I'm sure this week's photo Friday entries will be filled with crying babies and pouting models-and rightfully so-that's what most people think of when they think of "emotions" right?

But, somewhere, off in the corner, sits a quiet Strat with a story to tell. And, sometimes soon, somebody will pick up that guitar and start to whail about how somebody done them wrong or how she up and left. And that, my friends, that will let loose a whole rainbow of emotions for you. Emotions, it's what blues music is all about.

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Back in Austin

1-AdobeHouseTopAndSky, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

Well, the slides have been shown, the travel arrangements come to life, the lifelong friends made, and the adobe homes visited. Yes, friends, my trip to Santa Fe is, officially, over. I'm back in Austin, the laundry put-up, the bills about to be paid, the American Idol results soon to be watched, and all of that mundane day-to-day stuff we take for granted is about to come back into focus.

But, I'm not really the same. I drove through mountains. I saw red rocks, I played in adobe sands. I stood where Ansel Adams once did and saw some of the same scenes he did. I spent part of Easter Sunday shooting the Chimayo sanctuary with Norman Mauskopf. I not only met Joyce Tenneson, I got to really get to know her work and, in turn, shared a bit of mine. I drove the high road to Taos. I saw the galleries and fine art along Canyon Road and chowed down on red hot chile peppers for days.

For those who don't know, the high road to Taos is actually a treacherous sometimes ice-covered windy road that takes you around hairpin curves through narrow passageways into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Why, in these modern times, would one actually choose this type of transport, over greater distances, when a suitable highway is readily available? Now, that one is easy-the high road to Taos is, much like my trip to Santa Fe itself, more of a spiritual destination than a journey in and of itself. It's about the travel, not about the "getting there" that counts.

Everybody should get to take their own "High Road to Taos" someday-be it discovering beautiful light in Holland, racing around the English lake district, visiting the High Sierras or the great geysers of Yellowstone. It's the things we do to comfort the spirit that make the fondest of memories. Sure, I'll probably have some photos to show sometime soon, but nothing can quite capture the memory I have of driving that road, seeing those sights, experiencing those mountains, being close to the heavens.

And, on that note, even though I'm back in town, part of me is still trapped on that curvy road in the mountains-enjoying "God's country-" all of it's views, all of it's ice, and all of it's great mountain peaks. I hope someday you get to take your own "High Road to Taos" and that yours is just as rewarding and memorable as mine was.

Pictures to be uploaded soon.

Until next time...

Friday, March 21, 2008

Adobe House

4-PinkAdobeNo1, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

Well, I've promised you an Adobe house and I thought that, since I'm almost done with my workshop in Santa Fe, that I should deliver. So, here you go. A digital infrared image of an adobe house in Santa Fe, NM. Enjoy!

In other news, it's been a great week, I can hardly believe it's going to be over soon. Tonight we have our big slide show, so I had to make a bio and select four slides for the slide show. Mine are all color infrared. We're going to eat at the Inn at Loretto-the famous place where the mystery staircase is. I hear the food there is good.

As part of my "challenge" I challenged myself to make a movie. I gave myself five minues, a mac, QuickTime, and a prayer. Low and behold, I now have a QuickTime movie of my work. IMovie is quite easy to use (hey, it came from a Mac) and now I can make wonderful presentations of my work, complete with music.

This has been a week of firsts. I made the movie, I finally shot some color infrared images, and I'm blogging from a workshop room, in a photographer hovel, sitting next to Joyce Tenneson. Can you believe all of that is happening to little old me? I've come a long way from all those days shooting small Texas towns, even though (secretly) I do sometimes miss (and still enjoy) doing that.

Well, I'll keep it short so you can hopefully enjoy my adobe abode. Soon (far too soon) I'll be back in Austin.

Until next adobe house in the woods....

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Greetings from Santa Fe

TreeAdobeTreeSwapped, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

As you can tell (or maybe you can't) I got my infrared camera back from lifepixel and I've started using it in Santa Fe.

I've had a great week here in the mountains-I've visited Photoeye books, the Andrew Smith gallery (home to some of the highest end photography in the world.) I met Joyce Tenneson (she's really nice, btw.) I went for some great southwestern food. I visited a book publisher. I saw some most excellent work from the instructors here in Santa Fe.

The workshops have been fantastic so far-I've met some wonderful people. My class is actually full of some great photographers and some really nice folks.

I wish I could tell you a bit more, but I'm on a tight schedule-I've got to prep some work for tomorrows "final exam-' a slide show of student work, presented to everybody in the workshops. I've got to get my shots ready which, while it sounds easy, I want to have some great work and have to make up my mind before tomorrow. As you know, that's the hardest thing to do.

I saw some snow too, btw-it snows at night but it's warm in the day. God, I love this place.

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

She's Back

TwoPurpleOrchidsHoriz, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

Ok, I know I've been away for a while. First, I came down with a really bad flu and was sick for a few weeks (no kidding-I'm still coughing up nasty stuff.) Then, my mouse died, which doesn't sound all that eventful, except that, when you stop to think about it, we use a mouse for everything these days. You would be surprised to find out how totally useless you are at your computer sans a simple, little mouse (at least, I know, I was.)

A few other things have happened in between-Dad got a new hearing aid, so we can actually talk to him now, and Mom took a bad fall (she's bruised but ok.) Chase is still, well, Chase (mad dog-actually, really, really mad dog.) There was a new scandal on American Idol (stripper, anyone?) and I'm now in the throws of getting ready for my trip to Santa Fe. I still have yet to blog about 3 minute eggs or the latest in Top Gear episodes (I finally saw the one where he drives the little car through the BBC newsroom-funny!) All that and more, but like, you get the idea.

My camera has been converted to infrared and has started the long journey back to me. I still don't have my portfolio ready for Santa Fe, nor have I cleared off all of the Compact Flash. What's that I always say about the "last minute?" Yeah, yeah, I know.

Well, time to start printing and stop blogging, so keep in touch, keep safe, keep happy and, at the very least, I'll soon hopefully have some cool adobe houses to show you. Or, you know, some such thing.

Until next time...