Bandelier Welcoming New Artists in Residence
Bandelier National Monument is welcoming their next artists in residence, husband and wife fine art photographers Philip Metcalf and Patricia Galagan. They will be in the park through November 7.
Metcalf and Galagan are based in New Mexico. Their landscape photography has increasingly been influenced by environmental concerns in the American Southwest, especially the effects of fire, floods, drought, and rising temperatures. They often work as a team, showing two sides of a place or a point of view. Metcalf works in black and white infrared, producing images that are stark and explicit, while Galagan’s work is more subtle and intimate. Galagan says of her work: “Photography is a language for me, a way to convey meaning and mood using light, form, shape, gesture, and of course, content. Often this process is intuitive, a search for something that is essentially inexpressible in words”. She has been making photographic images since she was a teenager and after a career as a writer and editor, turned to photography as her main form of creative expression.
Metcalf uses black and white infrared images for his landscape work. His passion is recording and interpreting nature, both pristine and altered by humans, often influenced by environmental changes. Recently his work appeared in a group show, “Road to Nowhere; Southwest Sojourns,” at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Both were part of the 2015 “Fire Season” exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Their work has appeared in publications such as Black and White magazine, and in solo and group shows, and has been featured in the photography blog Lenscratch.
Metcalf and Galagan are planning to offer their first activity for the public on Saturday, October 24, a hike on the Tyuonyi Overlook Trail, which begins at Juniper Campground. The second, on Sunday, October 25, will be a hike on the Upper Frijoles Canyon Overlook Trail, the hiking/cross-country ski trail formerly called the Blue Trail. It starts along Highway 4 near the turnoff for FR289, and goes through the forest to a point overlooking the very most upper section of Frijoles Canyon. Both are fairly easy trails, less than 3 miles round trip, and the hikes are scheduled to take advantage of the golden late-afternoon light. Metcalf and Galagan will share ideas on composition, light, photographing landscapes, and the qualities of infrared, and suggest approaches for shooting things seen along the trail. They may be accompanied by panorama photo expert Irene Owsley, who will teach participants how to make panoramic images using their mobile phones. There is no charge, but numbers are limited, so those interested need to call the Bandelier Visitor Center, (505) 672-3861 x 517, for details and to sign up.
Bandelier will be having one more artist in residence this year. Shawn Skabelund, who specializes in drawing and painting, will be in residence November 23 through December 19. For further information on Bandelier National Monument, check the park website at www.nps.gov/band, or Facebook or Twitter at BandelierNPS, or call the Visitor Center at (505) 672-3861 x 517.