Photography & Life: What Lies Beneath
It's not what you look at that matters
It's what you see.
henry david thereau
what lies beneath
During a trek out to the great Southwest, I had the opportunity to explore Navajo Nation and specifically Antelope Canyons (both Upper and Lower). As I arrived to the check in point to get my photographer's pass, I was greeted by my Navajo guide who promptly told me the reason for guided tours was to eliminate the vandalism that had happened in the canyons. We had a nice chat as we walked towards the canyons; however, I was thinking I got ripped off, because this is all that I was looking at...the surface.
To borrow an infamous quote: "Don't judge a book by its cover" is an understatement in this case. I was not prepared for what lies beneath.
As I descended through the crack in the middle of the earth to a truly phenomenal space. What wasn't obvious on the surface was the many layers this canyon has to offer. Continuing through the path in a live version of Chutes and Ladders, I anxiously pursued the perfect shot. However, Mother Nature was not cooperating. The clouds had rolled in leaving the canyon somewhat dark and challenging to capture. I sat for a little while having a tantrum about not having good light. Then, I stopped and checked myself as we so often have to in life. Was I really missing the opportunity to appreciate this magical and exquisite space? No. I shifted my attitude and attention from what I was looking at to what I was seeing. The whole time it was there -- the lines, colors and textures that adorned this space. And, then...in a magical swoop, Mother Nature illuminated the canyon for me to capture. I share with you not what I was looking at, but what I saw in Antelope Canyon.
explore. the possibilities. always.
Press play to view the album of Antelope Canyon series - enjoy.
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