I Finally Found the Vampire Skull in Savage Territory!
I’ve been hauling this vampire skull around in my secondary backpack for a few weeks now and yesterday I finally found the perfect setting for a very large panoramic photograph. I was searching for an almost other-worldly setting in the canyon landscapes of Southeastern Utah near my place in Green River, Utah. My secondary pack is a small pack which I wear on the front of my chest. My beautiful wife, Tabitha Stevens always laughs when I have it on as it looks somewhat like I’ve got a child strapped in up there. With it and my much larger camera system/technical pack on my back I must look like an overzealous expedition maniac to folks on the trail.
Truth is I’m rarely on a trail so it’s not much of an ego-strike!
So yesterday as we scrambled on bright red sandstone crags around looking for photo ops I kept an eye on the approaching afternoon lightning storm hoping that it would get close (but not too close) for some sky drama. And then it happened. These images come together at the least most expected times. They can happen very fast, sometimes on the same day as I gather the concept but more often than not they take quite a lot of time to gestate. I’ve got notes on works I’d like to do that have taken years and I still don’t have the shot because the perfect creative storm just hasn’t manifest itself.
That’s the nature of fine art works. There is much suffering. But every moment is worth it when the outcome is something like Vampire Skull in Savage Territory.