I am always amazed by how moved I am by the bi-annual Santa Fe Living Treasures ceremony. I think ceremony in general somehow immediately touches the core of my spirit. Think of the last wedding, funeral, birthday, or graduation you attended, were there tears shed? When we take time to honor life; life’s passages, accomplishments and attempts, we get a glimpse of the bigger picture, the larger purpose… unique for everyone, yet universal. Gratitude is at the core of a Living Treasure’s ceremony. Gratitude for life choices, choices that have effected, in a positive way, a community. Four new treasure’s were just added to the long list of remarkable individuals making Santa Fe an amazing place to work and live. Once again, it was an honor for me to spend a little bit of time with each of them and make their portrait.

Brian Brigham, owner of Piñon Fast Print, the smallest independent print shop in Santa Fe, served the community by providing discounted printing services to numerous non-profit organizations. Helping Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, and the Coalition for the Homelessness, some of his favorite causes, get their message out into the world.

Sally Rodgers, nicknamed “Mother Green” is still a full–time environmental lobbyist and the backbone of Conservation Voters of New Mexico. She also organized the first Earth Day in Santa Fe. She is also the beloved mentor to countless younger advocates.
Nancy and Bill Zeckendorf Nancy, once a ballet dancer at the Metropolitan Opera, and Bill, a successful real estate developer, facilitated and helped fund and fundraise for the Santa Fe Opera, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Christus St. Vincent Hospital and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Their contribution and vision to the arts in Santa Fe has benefited all who live and visit the city.
To learn more about Santa Fe Living Treasures, visit the website.
All images and oral history recordings are archived at the Palace of the Governors, Fray Angélico Chávez History Library

  • Chris Barber - Wonderful, lovely, expressive photographs! I particularly like the image of the colored inks in the Pinon Fast Print set. I really admire your willingness to present Bill Zeckendorf’s expression full-face in the largest photograph of the set. The two showing him in profile are so much safer: but the image showing him looking squarely at the camera has lots of impact!

Portraits for a cause!
Santa Fe Photographers, Verve Gallery and the Photo Archives at the Palace of the Governors/ New Mexico History Museum have joined forces in a community fundraising effort. Four photographers, including myself, will be helping the Archives to raise a goal of $10,000 in support of conservation and rehousing of photograph’s in the archives permanent collection. It’s such a beautiful collaborative effort, I wanted to share the fundraising idea. The exchange: each photographer will offer portrait sessions to individuals or families for a $250 direct tax-deductible contribution to the Archives (there is also an additional material fee), and in return receive a tax deduction, select images from the shoot, a print from the exhibition, a featured spot in the exhibition, and a huge thank you from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

If you would like a portrait session for a great community cause, please be in touch!

Momentous. Complex. Extraordinary. Elegant. Those are a few of the words that come to mind when I think about both Jamey Stillings and the Bridge at Hoover Dam. And, now the two are historically linked in this photographic project.

It always an honor for me to sit down with people and ask them questions about subjects they love. In this case the interview themes were design, art, creativity, risk, pursuit, vision. Enjoy hearing from a curator, an engineer, a photographer about a remarkable project of our times.

Many thanks to Jamey, and team, for collaborating with StoryPortrait Media on creating this video for the Phoenix Art Museum.

For more information about Jamey’s current exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, August 13 – December 4th, click here. You will also see the trailer to the multimedia piece, edited by Shelene Bridge (sweet coincidence, eh?)

To see more of Jamey Stillings’ work, visit his websites:
The Bridge at Hoover Dam
Jamey Stillings Photography

  • Marcus Delgado - Lovely film, Genevieve. Jamey’s project still continues to impress me. The sheer scale of it alone is so massive, it makes my personal projects seem almost insignificant. But it also gives me the confidence that I can pursue an idea, no matter how daunting it may seem. I enjoyed the interspersing of dialogue with the pictures. Even the architect was impressed with the photos! I also liked how you focused in on part of the photos to demonstrate Jamey’s incredible attention to small details–something that could have been easily forgotten when taking on such a project.

  • admin - Thanks so much Marcus! And, great to hear from you. How is the creative life in Atlanta? I would love to see some of your new work. Warmest regards, Genevieve

Filmmakers, mentors, and friends, Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson of Philomath Films, just finished the production stage of their feature length documentary film, currently titled “Still Dreaming”. I had the great fortune to join them at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ for the final two weeks of rehearsal and the grand performance of Shakespeare’s, Midsummer Night’s Dream. Being there with them and the “retired” performers was amazing on many levels.

One underlying question of the documentary, “What is the role and value of creativity and the creative process throughout life? ”
A group of thirteen residents from the home, varied in age and health challenges, all overcame obstacles, to come together and find and tell the story of Midsummer Night’s Dream. The documentary and the play, brought a life and energy into lives that have in some cases, slowed down. It was quite a change of pace from routine retirement home activity, to be “on stage” again. And, it was a change of pace for me, to spend time with a community of elders, and filmmakers.

I was instantly engaged, moved, and inspired by this group of people.

And, yes, this process is going to be a documentary film, one that I know I will watch over and over again.

The fabulous, tireless husband/ wife documentary team, Hank and Jilann:

To keep up to date on the production of the film, head over to Facebook and join the “Still Dreaming” fan club, by clicking HERE.
To hang out with Hank and Jilann, as teachers and guides who are committed to helping others make their documentary films, visit DocuMentors

  • Chris Barber - What a wonderful project! Thanks very much for doing this and for posting the photos: this is why I respect you so much as an artist and teacher!

  • Alberto Mejia Manrique - Dear Mr. Hank Rogerson:

    My name is Alberto Mejia, Director of Audiovisual Communication and Interactive Media at UPC. Santa Fe University send us a team to teach four workshops. One of them is The Documentary Film and you are in charge of this workshop.

    I’d like to keep in touch, so please send me a sylabus (program) and a resume to talk to our students.

    Thanks a lot.
    Alberto Mejia Manrique

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