ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kiko Sanchez enjoys capturing images.
In fact, he loves it.
The New Mexico native recently put up a show at Flying Star in Nob Hill that runs through November.
It’s his first solo photography show, and it’s titled “Windows of Enchantment.”
“I’ve been a photographer since college,” he says. “I always wanted to do a solo show. I’ve done smaller ones in the past.”
Sanchez is drawn to landscape photography.
And what he’s done with his current exhibit is put his favorite landscapes within vintage windows.
He’s been collecting vintage window frames for a few years.
While he was cleaning out his late grandmother’s storage shed, he found about a dozen old windows.
“I wanted to take something from the past and combine them with the pictures of the present,” he says.
In the photo series, there are mountains, sunsets, the desert and blue skies – basically everything that makes New Mexico magical.
Sanchez says the most difficult part of the project was finding the right window for each photo.
The Tomé native searched yard and garage sales and Craigslist to find some of the frames.
“I hit the jackpot a few weeks ago,” he says. “There was a man who had just done a renovation of a home in Downtown area and was getting rid of the windows. They dated back to the early 1900s, and I snagged them as quick as I could.”
The photo series has about eight hanging at Flying Star, yet Sanchez says there are 20 in the series and he will rotate the pieces over the three months.
“I still have a bunch of windows that I need to put the photos in,” he says.
While landscape photography keeps him busy, Sanchez also balances his time with his graphic design and video production business – not to mention that he’s also involved with the New Mexico film industry as an actor.
“I’m about one movie away from getting into the Screen Actors Guild,” he says. “Everything seems to be working out.”
With all the good going on in Sanchez’s life, he always is pulled back to the famous New Mexico light.
“The light changes so drastically here,” he says. “Sometimes I go out with a purpose. Other times, if I’m having a bad day or in a bad mood, I just grab my camera and drive. I make a lot of stops along the way, which makes me late for everything. It just takes one moment to capture something great. This series elevates everything to another level. I clean up the frames just enough to leave a rustic feel.”