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Romancing the American Southwest

A Photographers Love Letter

Valerie Millett

Valerie Millett is a landscape photographer based in The American Southwest. An internationally published artist who spends most of her time outdoors, hiking, backpacking and exploring the unique geology of this region.

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This mysterious land of enchantment, a siren song seducing many an explorer, writer, poet, miner, photographer, artist and even those seeking healing of the metaphysical kind. An indescribable allure that promises those of a curious nature to provide endless fascination. For those suffering the ills of industrialised urbanisation the open road and vast empty spaces have long inspired romantic notions, uplifted spirits, encouraged self-discovery and delivered an unabashed sense of freedom. Imbued with a magical charm and a tangible presence of ancient people you're entering the realm of The American Southwest.

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For those suffering the ills of industrialised urbanisation the open road and vast empty spaces have long inspired romantic notions, uplifted spirits, encouraged self-discovery and delivered an unabashed sense of freedom.
I consider myself fortunate to be centrally located and surrounded by hundreds of miles of such dynamic geologic landforms, where new discoveries are a mere road trip away. Each adventure becomes a muse and a catalyst for my next set of photographic expressions, prose and cherished memories. The photography serves as the documentation while the writing helps to define and express the emotive. Each road trip becomes a complete love affair. Affair being an apt word as the landscape and nature of a road trip opens up the freedom to dip your toes in then leave.



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  • Adam Pierzchala

    A very enjoyable article accompanied by a wonderful inspiring set of images. I had the good fortune to visit the South West Deserts earlier this year. I was sceptical about making images at the iconic hot spots but simply seeing them made me realise just why they are so popular. As you write, with no storm being the same, I am happy with my results and I did find my own viewpoints too. But perhaps my deepest experiences and strongest memories are from the remote Blue Canyon and Bisti Badlands – utterly jaw-dropping beauty and mystery.

    • Hey Adam, Thanks so much for kind words!. I’ll never shy away from the iconic, like you’ve noted, they’re iconic for a reason. The challenge is to see in a unique way.

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