Rocky Flats Part 2.
Remember when Pandora first came out? I was intrigued by their "Music Genome Project" and how it explicated my musical preferences. I had never really thought about EXACTLY what made made me passionate about some music and actively dislike other music. Thinking about it helped me focus in on what I like and not bother with stuff that I'd grow tired with in a few weeks.
I am endeavoring to apply that same approach to photography. The landscape photographs I am most pleased with have "presence". This photo has it. The trouble is I am not sure how to make it happen regularly. In fact, I am not sure what "presence" really means. *** West of Denver is a (relatively) intact high plains grasslands. Why is it intact? Because at the center of the grasslands was a nuclear weapons plant. The grasslands were a buffer zone. The plant was decommissioned and 21 tons (!) of weapons grade material was removed. The grasslands are now open to the public as Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. My radiation exposure? Probably less than a millirem. 🔷
About 9 years ago I was on a research journey and I met this older Tibetan woman in Nangchen (Nangqên). Nangchen is a fantastic area, located far off the beaten path in eastern Tibet. Well into her 70’s, this woman’s husband had passed away decades ago. She lived with her eldest son and his family, but she spent much of her time sitting at nearby Dzamo Temple while spinning her prayer wheel, thumbing her prayer beads and chanting mantras. We talked together....her being patient with my terrible-sounding Kham dialect....for about 20 minutes. I asked her if I could take her picture. The lighting was just perfect. I don’t claim to be a very good photographer, but this is one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken. Nine years later and I clearly remember this nice Tibetan Mola (grandmother).