If you’ve ever walked around residential Santa Fe, you have no doubt noticed that many houses have walls built around them. I find this a bit mysterious (what secrets are hidden behind those walls?), but also a touch frustrating, as I love looking at the old houses around here.
Recently, I’ve been taking a series of shots that have the focus on a gate, but you can see through the gate to the house behind it, which is out of focus. These photos symbolize that the gate is real and tangible, but what is behind it, is unobtainable. I like that visual effect of this technique; the longing for something that you can’t have.
I’ll share more of these type of photos, but for now here’s one that I took this week. This was shot at the stunning Mission Revival Style home, the Salmon-Greer house, at the corner of Don Gaspar Avenue and Paseo de Peralta ( http://www.historicsantafe.org/Bulletins/1985SalmonGreerHouse.pdf ).
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