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Originally Posted by Vince Lupo
We Do It The Old Way
by Vince Lupo
, on Flickr
The visual arts curator asked me to write a little something about this photo, in case someone had questions about it. This is what I wrote:
‘WE DO IT THE OLD WAY’
This photo was taken in February 2015 on Hwy 64, just east of Taos, New Mexico.
Many of the scenes that I photograph out West are ones that stop me in my tracks (usually of the ‘what the heck is that?!’ variety). This scene was certainly no exception.
At the time I stood in front of this scene, I regarded it as an extreme version of a ‘No Trespassing’ sign, and treaded very carefully as I took the photo.
One might ask why I even bothered to take (and now display) this photo. New Mexico is referred to as ‘The Land of Enchantment’, and certainly there are many things that are enchanting about that state and the West as a whole. However, there are some things out there that aren’t so enchanting, and this was one them.
As I write in my artist statement, “Oftentimes I’m confronted with religious symbols which serve as reminders of an adherence to tradition – but not without visible conflict.” ‘WE DO IT THE OLD WAY’ is a great example of this visible conflict.
As I am continuing to understand what the West means to me, I’m obliged to photograph not only the things that are great about the West, but also some of the things that aren’t necessarily so great.
If go to the 'Photogs/Photo Exhibits' section here on RFF, you can see the entire show under my 'Vince Lupo's Mapping the West at Leica Store DC' thread on the last page.
Sometimes documentary work is a miror of society. You just turned your camera on what you saw. And these type of racial attitudes are still alive and well today unfortunatly. I'm glad it wasn't pulled. Great work Vince. Frank caught flack for the Americans.