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Photo Essay, Photoshoot

Madame Mountain

I spent the greater part of last week in the New Mexico mountain village of Cloudcroft.

Elevation: 8,600 feet above sea-level

Population: 749

My trusty camera came along with me, of course.

Although much of my time there was spent sawing, hammering,  and hauling, I decidedly set time apart to absorb as much of the mountain into my lungs as I could. I hiked throughout the woods, I skated down mountain roads, I listened to the people. I breathed the air. You know you’re in a good place when you can relish in the simple joys of breathing.

By the door of the cabin I worked and slept in hangs an engraved plank of wood that reads, ” If you’re lucky enough to live in the mountains, you’re lucky enough.”

It’s an old plank, its light blue paint slowly dimming from the years of sunlight and mountain wind. Whoever wrote it knew the joys of breathing too.



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About rayaguirre3

I grew up in San Elizario, a few miles outside of El Paso, Texas. My affair with photography started with the disposable cameras I'd carry everywhere. As the years went by and the cameras got bigger, I became known as the guy with the lens in people's faces. Photography is known to be the art of capturing the moment. I love to be the one who seeks that moment out. Much like life and love, photography is based on perspective. My aim is to provide a new one.


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