It was just the other night as I walked my dog in the brisk cold of the Chupadero late night evening awaiting to talk to my love halfway across the United States. I looked up at the clear New Mexico deep black sky with its exclaiming stars and realized that Orion was right where I loved it to be – just above the Sangre de Christos, perfectly hanging low in the sky centered between the dip of two mountains in my east horizon. It’s not often throughout the year that Orion winds up in this prime location for my eyes – just a few months in the dead of winter, when I’m least likely to be outside to enjoy it. I smiled quietly to myself, knowing I have had to place this constellation digitally into a few of my photographs to complete their aesthetic (there was no way I was going to get a straight shot of Orion rising just as I need to be in my Albumen landscape!). I also smiled knowing that this may be the last winter I experience Orion from this perspective due to circumstances that will hopefully have me relocate my home to another address in New Mexico. As is always life these days for me, I was experiencing the pure Truth of one of life’s dichotomies at this very moment; loving the excitement in the unknown of the future yet feeling the sadness to leave the comfort of my present.
- Jennifer Schlesinger Hanson, 2014