T is for Taos, NM. My memory of Taos is intertwined with taking photos with my mother’s Brownie camera, which was probably a Starflex, with an aluminum reflector that flipped up from the top of the camera. To capture an image, I had to look down into the camera, which fascinated me at age 7, since what I wanted to photograph was in front of me. The round adobe ovens of the Taos Pueblo reminded me of the igloo shape often associated with Canada even if you lived in a city like I did.
For the first time, when I got these photos out, I noticed that there was a name on the sign in front of the Mission Church, San Francisco de Asis, and discovered this is the church that artists were inspired by, including Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams.
The Taos Pueblo was many interconnected spaces, yet unified with the adobe. The photo my sister Cate and I was probably taken by my mother, who was the original owner of the camera.