I traveled to Santa Fe to see davidb's (David Bram's), and Sante Fe photographer Jake Mendel's show. David and Jake photographed New Orleans five months post Katrina, we met in NOLA and have become good friends. The show was great, and the prints are exquisite. David's work was photographed with an Xpan it lent a sort of epic feeling to the prints. Jakes work were more intimate closer views and the work of both photographers complimented each other very well.
I met a lot of people at the show and talked the entire time about New Orleans and our situation.
David and Jake took me on a photographic tour. I was exhausted each night but we saw so much. New Mexico is unlike anything I have ever seen!
There is simply so much to see, I will have to go back.
David Bram is one of the kindest people I know. His wife, Amelia, and her famliy, would not hear of me staying in hotel. I spent the entire time with these very fine people, and had a great time.
Jake Mendel is a great guy and a great photographer. Also met up with fellow apugger Todd Stew. Todd knows New Mexico and its history very well, he is a wonderful person and an amazing photographer.
I photographed happy scenes in New Mexico, unlike my work here in post Katrina New Orleans. It was such a nice change for me, and a much needed one.
Its no wonder that all the greats photographed in New Mexico, every where you look, there is a photograph!
I would like to thank David, Amelia, and Jake for the kindness they have shown me. I feel lucky to have met such genuinely nice people.