Deep into the Wild West … This trip began in my mind many years ago, with the documentaries about the southwest and western movies I used to watch. I invite you to enjoy this road trip through the photographic report “Southwestern Horizons”. This is the result of a 20 days travel photography training on board a grey little economic car, 4,700 miles driven across seven southwestern states: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Oklahoma. Since the beginning of this plunge into the southwestern hot summer, I had a clear vision of my real motivations: I knew that what I was really seeking was to connect with child dreams of wilderness, large spaces and endless roads, historical legends, mysterious places, to feel the southwestern lifestyle throughout those seven states and photograph it.
In these galleries, you can enjoy a selection of beautiful sceneries ranging from deserts to high mountain forests, along with canyons, mesas and plateaus, amber rose and sienna colored gorges and alpine lakes. I hope you will feel the magic and mystery behind the strange rock formations of Zion National Park, Red Canyon State Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, hope you will feel the secrets of Newspapers Rock, the charm of Silverton and the preserved fauna and flora of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. Places where the majestic of both the geology and the ecology make a fusion.
I agree with that quote from Lisa Eckert*: “The Simplicity of quiet. Until we experience this type of spaciousness and really have a room to breathe, I’m not sure we realize what we truly need to survive”. This photographic report also means to share the treasures of those states and give recognition to the great job that many workers in the National Park Service make to conserve those stunning places, its ecosystems and its historical heritage.
*superintendent in various national parks worldwide.
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Living in the southwest: people and culture
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