Colours of Mother Earth and Father Sky

May 21, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Although I am an admirer of great masters like Ansel Adams and like the work of others who photograph in Black and White, I don't see the world like that myself. It's colours that inspire me to take photographs, so why should I remove them? I just can't make shades of grey work for me.

Mother Earth and Father Sky, say the Navajos of the two who rule our very existence. As a visitor to Navajo country, it's the colours of Earth and Sky that I'm drawn to photographically as well as a feeling of recognising the beliefs as something the rest of us could benefit from learning from. The landscapes here are spriritual landscapes to the Navajo, who see the connection between themselves and their world better than we do. I'm struck by the resemblance between the rock formations and vegetation some places here in Arizona and Utah and the central areas of Australia's Northern Territory. If a dingo really did come here, he would feel at home.

Also, I find there is similar knowledge held by the Native Americans and the traditional landowners of Australia. A sense of creational and evolutionary memory more insightful than our western beliefs. Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal Park that has world famous formations and a true wild west feel recognised from movies for decades. Colours, shapes and sprirituality is it's gift.

Dawn at The Mittens:
 


Sunrise:
 


Early light:


Morning has broken...
 


There are two mittens, the Left and the Right. This time, there was also a third. In the sky.
 


Colours change throughout the day, and the evening low light is perhaps my favourite going from golden to cool magentas. Besides, you don't have to get up early for it.
 








Oh, and in case you were wondering, we didn't stay in one place the whole day. We walked around the left Mitten and took many photographs along the way. All the photos from the blog are in the Arizona album on Zenfolio, beginning here. More will follow.

Thank you for looking.

 

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