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Notes from Behind the Lens: Go West Young Man

I have been thinking a lot lately about the places we live in and how a place relates to the work we do and the happiness we hopefully find there. I myself am fortunate to have found my place, New Mexico, answering a call from the great beyond—from someone who seemed to embody Horace Greeley himself when he told me “Go West young man!” And 32 years later I am still here . . .

Now, as is true for so many others who have been called to this place, many of the stories of my life are New Mexico stories. Once you gain some sense of the genius of the land, you begin to count your blessings. That journey of counting each blessing, recalling it, and cherishing it is a personal experience people have here. The great thing is, seeing this land is like seeing a prayer: a dream of the future made visible, made real, and set loose across a magical sky. You can be overcome by it. It changes you.

—Craig Varjabedian

Camera: Canon 5D
Lens: Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L EF L-Series lens
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Tripod with BH-40 LR Ballhead
Processing: Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop
Lighting: Overcast Diffused Natural Light
Photographer: Craig Varjabedian

This photograph captures one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s favorite places. Check out our Photographing the Land of Georgia O’Keeffe workshop.

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