Celebrating NM: Journal photographs 2018

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By Dean Hanson / Photo Editor

In the past year the staff photographers of the Albuquerque Journal have shot thousands of pictures.

Many of these photos never made it into print or online for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it was due to lack of space in the newspaper. Other times the photos didn’t seem newsy enough. Often the photographer thought it just didn’t seem like the kind of picture we would use in the paper and didn’t submit it for publication.

This holiday season we would like to share with you the staff’s selection of our favorite photographs — each photo capturing a moment that has special significance to the photographer.

We hope you find some special meaning in them, too.

Light Among the Ruins is one of my favorite events to photograph throughout New Mexico. No, it’s not because of the luminarias lighting the landscape but because everyone who visits marvels and comments on the beauty of our state. “I’ve never seen so many stars,” said a photographer who was visiting from Seattle. Seeing people’s reactions is what this event is all about for me. They remind me of why I continue to settle in this amazing landscape. ROBERTO E. ROSALES

The New Mexico State Fair was in full swing halfway through the week in early September and tucked away in a corner of the complex beyond the crowds standing in line to get churros and their green chile fix, a young Buffalo dancer from northern New Mexico began to perform with a monsoon storm looming in the background. This photo was shot with a 35mm prime lens to emphasize the shallow depth of field. ROBERTO E. ROSALES

Gathering of Nations Pow Wow embodies the true beauty of Native American culture. The premiere event in North America for pow wows takes place every April here in Albuquerque. All participants display their Native pride through dances and performances, but the youth who continue to follow in their parents’ footsteps are remarkable. Keeping tradition alive and being able to capture it through a camera is the best reward I could hope for as young dancers prepare to participate. Roberto Rosales

New Mexico and green chile is as common as baseball and hot dogs. However, no one ever pays attention that this treasured crop has to be picked by someone in the fields of Hatch, N.M. My goal this early August morning was to put a face on perhaps the state’s most popular export crop. If you love green chile then take a moment to thank 74-year-old Jose Jaquez, who is seen in this photo carrying yet another sack of green chile from a field owned by the Grajeda family in Hatch. ROBERTO E. ROSALES

When I was asked to cover the Good Friday procession through Old Town I knew it wouldn’t be easy. Technically it is a tough assignment as one tries to capture a meaningful moment without using a flash since your duty as a photojournalist is to not distract or disturb the event happening in front of you. As the iconic figure of Jesus Christ traveled around the plaza I found myself mesmerized by the timing of the full moon and the overwhelming presence it cast over the ceremony. My vision now was to make an image where both elements of moon and religious icon could co-exist in one frame. ROBERTO E. ROSALES

It was the first cold morning when the temperatures dropped below freezing and my neighbor’s sprinklers covered our red bud tree with ice and froze one of the last leaves on the stems. JIM THOMPSON

After 30-plus years of Balloon Fiesta you think you’ve seen it all, until I had the pleasure of doing the story on balloon pilot Michael Glen who lost the use of his legs in an auto accident. Michael Glen wheels into the interior of his balloon to check ropes as he prepares to inflate his balloon and take off at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. JIM THOMPSON

It was the light from the stained glass windows catching the white cross and rosary in the hands of Pablo Chavez as he attended the service for Atilano “Al’’ David that caught my eye and made the image even more than the windows. David was a survivor of the Bataan March. JIM THOMPSON

Jake M. skateboards through the bone yard at the Los Altos Skate Park. JIM THOMPSON

Enjoying lunch in the backyard on my day off my wife noticed a swallowtail butterfly in her flower bed and took a picture on her iPhone and told me that’s how a real photographer makes a picture. So I grabbed by camera and made a picture also. JIM THOMPSON

A pair of flamingos make a shape of a heart with their necks as they stand together at the ABQ BioPark Zoo. JIM THOMPSON

Photographing animals can be very time consuming, even if they are in a confined area. They just do what they want when they want and you better be ready because it is a fleeting moment and they very seldom repeat the something over and over. The ABQ Bio Park Zoo’s Kiska shakes off some water after diving for a snack frozen fish in Gatorade on International Polar Bear Day. JIM THOMPSON

Many of the snow storms that come into our city are short and fast as was the one on Feb. 22 As the storm came from the north along the foothill of the Sandias I was in the Northeast part of the city and was looking for some snow feature art. I was driving by Los Altos Golf Course and know that most golfers would still play in the snow because that’s what golfers do here. As I pulled in, I saw golfers getting ready to tee off and made a fast picture of Bob Bowman teeing off and trying to find his ball in the falling snow. JIM THOMPSON

It seems to me that Albuquerque’s population of wintering sandhill cranes has increased over the years. I’m always looking for something different in either composition or bird behavior when photographing cranes. I was lucky in both when the quartet sang their throaty, guttural call. Los Poblanos Open Space is a great place for bird-watching. The cranes are used to people using the trails.
GREG SORBER

The Day of the Tread is always a fun event. Getting names of participants is always a pre-race requisite. Wendy Stephens of Albuquerque stood out in an event where many stand out. A pink flamingo is an expression of her exuberant attitude. Early morning light is reflecting on her face from the buildings around the Civic Plaza as she rides west on Marquette Avenue. The ride is a charity event that benefits Pegasus Legal Services for Children. GREG SORBER

ABQ BioPark Zoo received three young male cheetahs from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas. One was in surgery on the day I went to photograph the young cats. A helpful zookeeper let me access a vantage point unobstructed by fencing. Patience and a new 150-600 mm zoom lens rewarded me with a shot of the two together after they roamed their new Africa enclosure. GREG SORBER

I wandered in the imagination of youth and innocence at the Santa Fe Renaissance Faire at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas near Santa Fe. Sisters Zay, 9, left, and Azi Kochenower, 6, of Fort Collins, Colo., have a fairy tea party in the Kingdom of Fairfay, a part of the Faire. The trail down the hill and through the cottonwood trees transported me to a magical setting of costumed characters in Fairfay. GREG SORBER

There is always something happening at the Albuquerque Rail Yard Market. I ran into this pair while looking for a feature photo on a Sunday. Kaia Cupolivo, 4, of Rio Rancho was someone to climb on for this baby Nigerian Dwarf goat during a goat yoga class put on by Wildlife West Nature Park and Bahava Yoga Studio. To get the shot I had to shoot through an open window outside the old train repair building. GREG SORBER

Sometimes you just have to knock on the door, or make a quick phone call to find people following their dream. I found a calendar that had the workshop by the New York Baroque Dance Company hosted by the New Mexico Ballet. The dancers and workshop instructors were very welcoming as I peeked my head into the studio. Kendra Rael, Jaclyn Younger, Meridith Williamson and Diana MacNeil, from left, dance during the Ballet of the Seven Planets Workshop. The workshop teaches re-imagined ballet choreography from the time of Louis XIV of France. GREG SORBER

Fun is always what I look for at a children’s camp. Getting close to nature required carrying a bug-hunting kid who was too small to wear waders at the Open Space Explorer Camp at the Open Space Visitor Center wetlands. Instructor Reid Schmidtbauer carries Ryan Barnes, 6, through the reeds of the wetlands. GREG SORBER

Traveling from Albuquerque to the Gila Wilderness with U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologists to place Mexican wolf pups in the Iron Creek Pack den took all day and trouble finding gas on the way back. The cute pups had to be fed several times during the trip. This photo was taken during the first feeding when the pups landed in Albuquerque after a flight from St. Louis, Mo., and the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Mo. GREG SORBER

Brook McKinney, 17, and Charlotte Bordegaray, 16, both from Santa Fe, play in fresh snow at Ski Santa Fe in October. I watched these two people playing in the snow for a good half hour. I do worry that people will think I’m creepy, but I knew it would eventually make a nice photo. Not just the cartwheel in the snow, but the trees weighed down with snow helps make this photo, as well. EDDIE MOORE

Ursula and Richard Moeller, from Santa Fe, walk under the fall colored aspens at Ski Santa Fe in September. I went to this spot on two days, and probably waited a total of three to four hours for this photo to work out, then actually thought the lack of sun would have hurt it too much, but it worked. EDDIE MOORE

Acoma Pueblo Gov. Kurt Riley and his wife, Gail, with the Santa Fe Fiesta Court behind them, join in a prayer during a proclamation-signing ceremony to resolve the controversy surrounding the Santa Fe Entrada. The ceremony was held in the courtyard of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The Santa Fe Fiesta Court includes Bobby Trujillo, second from left, as Don Diego De Vargas. The tradition of the Entrada was hard for some people to let go, but I like this image of all sides coming together, which they did. EDDIE MOORE

People take shelter from the rain and lightning at Fort Marcy Field during the 94th burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe in August. After this shot, everything was wet: the cameras, the computer, my hat, my clothes. I transmitted a photo for the paper from under a piece of playground equipment. EDDIE MOORE

A thunderstorm passes over the Jemez Mountains near Bandelier National Monument in July. One thing about being a news photographer is that you are always kind of on duty. Sometimes that sucks, and sometimes it’s great, like when you walk outside your door and see something cool. EDDIE MOORE

From left, Ellen Robinson, from Albuquerque, Marylin Watteyne, from Jemez Springs, and Alice Rodgers, from the Jemez Pueblo area, were among about 200 people who took part in a rally outside the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. The rally was put on by the Poor Peoples Campaign and there were similar events going on at state capitals around the country. I cover dozens of protests and rallies at the State Capitol every year. When I saw these three women, I knew it would make a good photo. EDDIE MOORE

Mike Marcacci, from San Diego, Calif., climbs a house-sized boulder in Mills Canyon area in the Kiowa National Grassland north of Roy. The area along the Canadian River is becoming very popular for bouldering. New Mexico’s outdoors make for some of the more fun stories we get to cover. I shot better climbers on this day, but I’m a sucker for photo composition with a frame. EDDIE MOORE

Jennifer Marquez, with the House Sergeant at Arms, hugs Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Ohkay Owingeh, after the close of the 2018 regular session on the House floor of the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Salazar retired after 46 years serving as a legislator, and I wanted to get a good photo of his last day. I think this moment portrays the emotions a lot of people felt about Salazar’s retirement. EDDIE MOORE

Adrian Atencio, left, and Zachery Herrera, right, both fourth-graders, along with other students from Tesuque Day School, wait to perform a dance during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Tesuque Casino. When I’m asked to get a photo of a groundbreaking, I always try to find something to photograph other than shovels and dirt. This group of young dancers made it easy. EDDIE MOORE

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, right, applauds the performance of Rhea Seehorn playing Kim Wexler while shooting a scene for the fourth season of the critically acclaimed AMC series “Better Call Saul.” As a fan of the show and its predecessor “Breaking Bad,” I make an effort to never share any spoilers. In this case it meant sitting on the photo for six months until the episode aired. The scene was deleted from the show. Despite the hot and cold relationship of Jimmy and Kim on screen, Bob and Rhea appear to enjoy working together and seem genuinely like good friends. DEAN HANSON

The decision to make a polar plunge is not made lightly. I’m sure it takes a certain amount of mental energy to be in the right mind set. When the actual moment arrives all participants can do is make the leap and suffer the anxiety of the momentary wait until you hit the frigid water. A moment frozen in time. Here Zach Rice, Cyrus Rice and Melanie Mayo take the plunge at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque on New Year’s Day 2018. DEAN HANSON

Sometimes you have to think outside the box. I shot this photograph while working on a simple business assignment at a newly opened repurposed commercial building. The halo drew my attention. ADOLPHE PIERRE-LOUIS

While cruising in the Village of Los Ranchos for feature art, I came upon this scene of Chris Bethoney carefully harvesting prickly pear cactus along Rio Grande Boulevard. I stopped immediately and shot the photo. ADOLPHE PIERRE-LOUIS

Covering Ash Wednesday at the Metropolitan Detention Center, I went into the Segregation Unit where inmates are kept in solitary confinement. I captured this image of former Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan administering ashes to inmate Ryan Griffin through an opening in a cell door. The closed eyes of the inmate along with his pious posture made the image. ADOLPHE PIERRE-LOUIS

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