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Western Images And Light
Photo By Lara Matthews

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Photographer: Lara Matthews

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  • Studio Name: Western Images And Light
  • State/Province/Region: Arizona
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Antelope Canyon
  • Nearest Town: Page
  • Description: I wondered about the silence in the slot canyon. Beyond the noise of the hustling crowds, there was a noticeable stillness. Three or four hundred years ago—it must have been so silent to walk the same steps my feet were taking. Before the arms of colonialism and imperialism reached out to take the Native lands this silence must have been deafening. I was moved by the beauty of the canyon. The light accented the sandstone walls in an astonishing way. It was almost as if an artist gently spread rays of light with the most delicate paintbrush onto the canvas in which the canyon resided. The walls could glow. Each one had a different hue and every angle that the walls glided were met with new shades of color. This was the land of the most significant sandstone pallet of colors I had ever seen. How odd it felt to be a tourist in this sacred place. Each person walking by with their digital devices, posing to shoot portraits or “selfies” in each ethereal room the slot showcased. It made me sigh. I wondered how many people yearned to walk a more soundless and peaceful journey through the canyon’s colorful light theater. I am selfish. I wanted the canyon to myself. I wanted to sit in its ageless silence and study the light. I wanted to be alone with this remarkable place. But I couldn’t be. I wanted to touch the walls—to gently place my hands onto them, feeling the smooth and coarse textures of the water polished sandstone. So I did. But the noise from the monstrosity of vacationing tourists had filched the inaudible energy I was seeking from those moments. My photographic journey is mostly one of meditation. The art of my landscape work comes from my ability to exclude the outside noise and world from my creative essence. To do this it is necessary for me to find a sort of stillness inside myself to collectively compose and create an image. In this instance it was only for mere seconds I was able to find this inner peace, inside this remarkable place, that I was seeking. And those seconds were barely enough, but I left still hungering for more…

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