Friday, August 13, 2010

My Old Spiral Jetty


The two things I miss most about the western side of the country are 1) the mountains and 2) vast open space.  I really get homesick for it some days.

I was inspired by Holly, over at Self-Portrait as, to dig out my old pictures from 2003-2004 of the Spiral Jetty and the surrounding area.  The colors in the pictures aren't as rich as they should be but I attribute that to the fact that the film sat undeveloped in a hot humid house for 6 years.  Once I switched to digital, I completely forgot I still had an old film camera.  I tried enhancing the colors in a photo editor but I wasn't happy with any of the results.  I just couldn't get them to look right.  It's as if they were all meant to look old.

On the other hand, as I look at these pictures, there is a heavy sense of a bygone era.  Memories of a past that feels so far distant that even though they are familiar, they are complete foreign to me.  So, it's OK for them to look old.  They are faded and tainted with color, just like my memories.















8 comments :

  1. Yeah, I like the look of the photos. I just barely started following Holly's blog. I saw her present at Sunstone and loved her.

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  2. I was supposed to be on the trip with Holly but I canceled because of work! I am regretting it now. Holly is one hell of a woman! And I've lived in Utah for many years (on and off) and have still never been to see this!

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  3. The Spiral Jetty is one of my favorite places to visit. There is a magic there. It is one of the only places where you sit, stare out and hear silence! It is absolutely deafening! A perfect place for contemplation and self-examination, particularly at sunset. The pinks and greens and blues and whites of the watery landscape are mystical and breathtaking.

    Thanks for the photo memories. I think I'll take another trip out there before the end of summer!

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  4. I love these photos, especially the one where the railroad tracks part.

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  5. oh, how this makes me miss the West.

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  6. Great pics! I especially like the railroad track one. I went out there earlier this summer and took a bunch of pics too. It's a cool place!

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  7. Beautiful. You've just make me look forward to traveling from SF to see family in SLC!

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  8. These photos are beautiful, capturing the wildness and peace of the Spiral Jetty. Seeing the spiral in the sand and the spiral rock formation reminded me of the art of Andy Goldsworthy.

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