Photography by T. L. "Tom" Cubbage II

These are some of my Santa Fe September 1997 Images.

The "Dreaming of Georgia" Series, 1997, Part 2

As noted on page one of this series, it was the happy circumstance of the photo collection Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz and my meeting of model Patti Levey that led to this collection of images, done in the manner of Alfred's portraits of Georgia. We met in June and I returned to the Santa Fe area in September. Happily the weather was good and we did the shoot in about four hours. Also helpful was the shooting venue which was the Vista Clara Ranch & Spa (a little south of Santa Fe, at Galisteo, NM).

I drove over to Vista Clara from Amarillo in the morning and had lunch with Kaye Sanford, the gracious owner of the resort spa. Patti joined us and we began our shoot immediately afterwards. At four o'clock it began to rain, but by then we were finished and ten rolls of film were in the bag.

The shoot was a wonderful collaborative effort. Because Patti is both a model and an accomplished photographer, she understood what I wanted to achieve, and how to do it with an economy of time. With prior planning we assembled the required props and clothing, and we both decided which of the images in the Stieglitz does Georgia book to use as shooting starting points.

These as some more of the black and white portrait images I recorded during the "Dreaming of Georgia" shoot.

"Dreaming of Georgia" - Portrait Gallery #2

Hands: Georgia was amazingly graceful with her hands, and by studying Stieglitz's images Patti was able to mimic Georgia's style of moving her hands and fingers.

"Hands #6"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383822.jpg)

"Hands #7"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383814.jpg)

"Hands #8"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383807.jpg)

"Hands #9"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383811.jpg)

"Hands #10"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383810fx.jpg)

 

Corn: Corn, ground to flour and then fried to make a form of bread, is a important to life in the Southwest, and so a love for this agricultural staple is understandable, and is shown here.

"Corn #4"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383846.jpg)

"Corn #5"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383849.jpg)

"Corn #6"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383850.jpg)

 

The Horse Head: As luck would have it, Patti just happened to have a horsehead skull for us to use.

"Horsehead #4"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383872.jpg)

"Horsehead #5"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383871.jpg)

"Horsehead #6"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383868.jpg)

 

Doorway: Late in the afternoon rain clouds began to gather and forced Patti and I to seek shelter inside, but the light remained good enough to keep shooting using the available light coming through a doorway.

"Doorway #5"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383859.jpg)

"Doorway #6"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383858.jpg)

"Doorway #7"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383862.jpg)

"Doorway #8"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL383863.jpg)

 

The Portico: Like Georgia, Patti has the look a true woman of the Southwest. She is also totally at ease in front of the camera. I was only able to work with her for a brief time during Joyce Tenneson's "Evocative Portrait" workshop in late June, but got these shots on a portico at Vista Clara using Polaroid PolaPan film. We worked again a week later (see the "Kiva Light" series) and began to make plans to do this "Dreaming of Georgia" series which happened in September 1997.

"Portico #3"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL275332.jpg)

"Portico #4"
(Vista Clara, NM, 1997) 1997 Tom Cubbage (PL275330.jpg)

All images: Copyright 1997, 2000 by T. L. "Tom" Cubbage II - All Rights Reserved

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