Inside this issue
Trip the Light
Adventures in White Sands
“In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.”
My photography is based in the American Southwest and my motivation to explore a new location is simple curiosity. My interests in hiking, camping and backpacking and the various information resources I peruse on a daily basis keep a steady stream of luscious landscapes, descriptions and images constantly feeding my imagination and sense of adventure. Living in the Sonoran Desert, I've fallen in love with the history, geology and the complex environments of the desert.
As I head into any new location I'll first check the National Weather Service reports to see what I may expect for my skies. Unfortunately, heading in I knew I'd encounter completely clear skies so I had to formulate a game plan. Rarely do my landscape images ever hold an empty sky. My first time visiting a new area I'll keep my expectations low. I arrived at the dunes in the late afternoon to get a feel of the monument and where I wanted to shoot the next morning as I'd be coming in, in the dark.
You can se more of Valerie's photography and writing at http://valmillett.blogspot.com.