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My Photographs Acquired for the Albuquerque Museum of Art

Exhibition Installation, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby, Albuquerque Museum of Art  2009

Exhibition Installation, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby, Albuquerque Museum of Art 2009

When you are in the throes of a project time passes without much notice. Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi calls this mental state where a person is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus—flow. I like that.

Life has been good down in Alamogordo hiking for miles across the gleaming dunes of White Sands National Monument, making photographs for my next book. Capturing just the right moment with my Nikon—when light and inspiration meet if only for a second—have filled my days.  I am astonished to learn that my last post—about my mighty Toyota Tundra named Helios—was back in February. Helios and I fortunately continue to work diligently and happily together in Alamogordo following the light. My apologies for my tardiness . . . I will endeavor to do better.

iPhone Screen Shot, Photopills App, White Sands National Monument, March 8, 2015 @ 6:29pm

iPhone Screen Shot, Photopills App, White Sands National Monument, March 8, 2015 @ 6:29pm

We have been working for months on something. Discussing the possibilities and the details with people who are committed to our idea. Many conversations over the telephone back and forth. Frustrations mount and then quickly dissipate. Memos are exchanged over the internet for clarification. Eventually all the “i’s” are dotted and the “t’s” crossed. Signatures are affixed and hands are shaken.  Then finally . . .

It is with surpassing pride that I shout from the rooftops that the original photographic prints from the exhibition Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian were acquired last week for the Albuquerque Museum of Art by the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. This immensely popular exhibition was originally presented at the Albuquerque Museum in 2009 and then travelled to six museums across the United States. I am grateful and humbled.

Exhibition Invitation, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby, Albuquerque Museum of Art, 2009

Exhibition Invitation, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby, Albuquerque Museum of Art, 2009

P.S. The award-winning photography book, also titled Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby, was published by the University of New Mexico Press to coincide with the exhibition and continues to be available at many fine bookstores and Amazon.com. The book received the prestigious Outstanding Photography Book Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. You can get a signed copy from my studio.

Using a Viewing Frame, Children's Educational Event, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby, Albuquerque Museum, 2009 Photograph by ©Craig Varjabedian

Using a Viewing Frame, Children’s Educational Event, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby, Albuquerque Museum of Art, 2009 Photograph by ©Craig Varjabedian

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CRAIG VARJABEDIAN is an award-winning photographer who explores the back roads of the American West, making pictures of the unique and quintessential. He shares awe-inspiring stories of the land and the people who live on it . . . one photograph at a time.

18 Comments

    • Thanks for your kind words Larry!
      As you might imagine, the acquisition of such a large number of my photographs by a major museum is a powerful affirmation of all my work behind the lens. There is dancing in the streets here in Santa Fe today, or at least in the driveway of my little studio. 😉 I hope we see you again soon. With all best wishes,
      —Craig

  1. This is wonderful Craig, and so well deserved. Your work is outstanding and speaks to the soul.

    • Deborah,
      Many thanks for your generous comments about the acquisition of my work for the Albuquerque Museum of Art. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be a part of their amazing collection. I hope we see you again sometime; it was and continues to be a pleasure to be a part of your journey with a camera.

    • My kind Myra,
      I can no other answer make but thanks,
      And thanks, and ever thanks. And oft good turns
      Are shuffled off with such uncurrent pay.

      (With thanks too to William Shakespeare)

      😉

  2. CONGRATULATIONS, CRAIG!!

    You are so deserving of this honor and I couldn’t be happier for you.
    From time to time, I remember some pearl of wisdom you brought to light for me and I am forever grateful.

    jeannie camosy

    • Jeannie,
      My sincere thanks for your kind words. I am pleased that a few things I said have illuminated your way with a camera. I hope you’ll join us again sometime. It would be terrific seeing you again.

    • Thanks Jim,
      Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby was an important book for me to do. For it was out in the red hills of the Ranch that I had my third photographic epiphany that helped clarify a lot about how I make photographs today. Thanks for joining us recently for the workshop by the way. It was fun having you and Marjorie with us. I hope we see you again soon.

  3. Congratulations on yet another notable achievement. I can’t wait to get to your September workshop and add the experience to my own repertoire. Perfection looms!

    • Thanks Margaret! We look forward to meeting you at the Eloquent Light Photography Workshop’s Photographing Faces in September.

  4. Congratulations, Craig. A well deserved honor. Best wishes for many more.

    Bill Brennan

  5. Craig,

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news. You ‘da man…

    • Nikalina,
      Ваши слова очень добры и оценили. Я надеюсь, что мы видим вас снова в ближайшее время.

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