Burnt im­ages

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

Two lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers with an out­sized fetish for fire talk about their work at Photo-eye Gallery’s monthly sa­lon.

Luis Sánchez Saturno is a Santa Fe New Mex­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher who was nom­i­nated for the Pulitzer Prize. When he’s not snap­ping gritty im­ages of North­ern New Mex­ico, he is busy in his stu­dio cre­at­ing pho­tos made with a tech­nique he calls “paint­ing with light.” He uses long ex­po­sures and burn­ing sparklers to make flam­ing out­lines that are added to ex­ist­ing im­ages. A shirt­less man grows wings, a dancer in fish­net stock­ings is trans­formed into a wood nymph, and a mo­tor­cy­cle ap­pears to be made en­tirely of fire.

Santa Fe na­tive Ray A. Valdez has been tak­ing Zo­zo­bra pho­to­graphs since he was a ninth-grader. In 1995, he was made head pro­ducer of the event, over­see­ing the an­nual burn­ing of thou­sands of divorce set­tle­ments, mort­gage pa­pers, and photo al­bums as part of the anti-gloom fes­ti­val. His pho­tos are the ul­ti­mate in­sider’s ac­count of Santa Fe’s sto­ried party.

The artists dis­cuss their tech­niques and in­spi­ra­tion on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Photo-eye Gallery (376-A Gar­cia St.). For in­for­ma­tion on this free event, call 988-5152.

Ray A. Valdez: The Boys,

8 x 10 inches, archival pig­ment ink print

Luis Sánchez Saturno: The Fairy’s Land­ing, archival pig­ment ink on can­vas

24 x 36 inches,

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