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.
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