A clear moon over Truchas

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November 2014, New Mexico The High Road to Taos traverses some spectacular landscapes – from the soft hues of the high deserts to the alpine lushness of the mountains. It’s the landscape of my dreams. Promises of unbroken silences abound, a picturesque prospect of peace. Along this road, lies a little town called Truchas. It has a fascinating formative history, some of which is still reality, owing to geographical isolation. Its quietness whispers discovery of the untold facets of nation – or at least, state – building. There is never enough time to chase these ghosts though. Tourist visas don’t account for those of us who wish to linger. And so, despite having driven through twice, the picture above is the most I’ve seen of this town, shot from a little rest stop as the road curves into its center. The point of sharing this picture though, is the midday …

Looking out at history

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El Malpais National Monument is an astounding area of New Mexico covered by the black basalt of ancient lava flows. Brian Miller took us there on a field trip, on one of the last days Flemming and I had in New Mexico. We met another nomad there. At that point in space-time, Kwang (in the picture) had been living out of his car for a number of months, travelling around the USA. It was a fortuitous meeting of wanderers. People often tell me my present itinerant life is an unusual one – some wistfully, others accusingly, most in bewilderment. I am starting to think these comments don’t come from the actual desire to travel, as much as they do from the acknowledgement of how much it takes to free ourselves of all that conspires to hold us down: our individual fears, our understanding …

Some kind of paradise

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When you cruise down the main street of Truth or Consequences, you’re greeted by vintage signs from which paint peels, a multitude of empty shopfronts, and a hazy-Sunday vibe. It’s the closest city to Spaceport America, but walking around the streets, it feels as though most of the town hasn’t realized that half a century’s gone by since it went from being Hot Springs to Truth or Consequences, for the honour of hosting an NBC show of the same name. T or C is a mandatory destination in New Mexico for Flemming and I, although neither of us have visited one of the many hot springs for which the town was originally named, its major attraction. When we’re in town, Desert View Inn is home (hi Hans!), veggie waffles at Passion Pie Cafe are default breakfast, and and wandering aimlessly around town and exploring its surroundings is the aim …

Fire

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El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico In all the time I’ve spent in New Mexico over the past couple of years, one thing remains constant: in the end, the light always comes through. Or maybe it’s just being here, that fires the neurons in that particular way.

The Very Large Array

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 Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. ― Richard P. Feynman The first time I ever set eyes on the Very Large Array, I experienced a surge of euphoria. It was 2012, and I was in the car with Brian Miller, heading towards Pie Town and its pie festival. I’d just landed in Albuquerque, an unsuspecting, life-long-sea-level-dweller victim of its oxygenless stratospheric altitude.

Retrospecting new mexico

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Exactly a year ago, I walked off the plane at Albuquerque International Sunport (New Mexico, home of sunports and spaceports) after a fairly traumatic border crossing into the USA from Mexico, in LAX. The issue at hand was that I didn’t have a ticket out of the country within the 90 day visa-waiver period. There is a long explanation for this involving some ambiguity around re-entry rules that I won’t go into, but I ended up missing my connecting flight from LA to Albuquerque.  I’ve never had issues entering a country before, and to be yelled at and held at US customs was downright scary. I cried when the immigration officer considered, out loud, putting me on a flight back to Mexico. Yes, I did. 

Thinking Beyond: on making a first film

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7110 – The number of times Beyond has been played since it was released ten days ago. It’s been featured on PetaPixel, F-Stop Lounge and Monster Children. David Hobby, yes the Strobist, has shared it on Google+. It’s been shared among our collective friends, family and followers more times than either of us can keep track of. I’m not entirely sure what to think of the hubbub that my little documentary about Flemming has generated. On one hand, I’m thrilled to bits, on the other I’m all “!!!!!!!!” I’ve received an amazing amount of messages from people everywhere with support and encouragement. My mother said it was “awesome!!!!!” and that Flemming’s story made her too, wish she could travel forever. My mom’s a tough customer. …