Landscape With Words And Images

Human figures, animals and symbols – petroglyphs or painted pictographs – on canyon walls and flat rock surfaces. As Deborah Hughes explains, they are all artifacts of early human storytelling, just like today’s photography

Where I live here in the desert southwest of the U.S., I often come across human figures, animals, and symbols pecked – petroglyphs – or painted – pictographs – on canyon walls and flat rock surfaces while out photographing close-up landscapes. Less than an hour south from the house, layers of multicultural stories remain etched in a desert-varnished sandstone alcove at Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument. Modern contributions such as bullet holes and visitor’s initials offer another view of the news. Attempts at rubbing or pecking out the recent additions have been made by restoration crews. Hefty fines await those who are caught…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 42 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Deborah Hughes

Deborah Hughes distills her close connection to the desert through intimate and artistic photographic expressions. Her keen eye focuses on what most pass by, capturing impressionistic and abstract landscapes.

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