On Location, In ‘Old’ New Mexico

On location, in Arroyo Blanco, the Rio Grande Gorge Rim and San Cristobal, New Mexico. This is the latest photo shoot in collaboration with Tres Estrellas Design of Taos to recreate a glimpse of their exquisite textiles, in historical context, within the familiar landscape of New Mexico we all know today. Keep your eye out for their ad in El Palacio Magazine next month featuring the last image in this series. Thanks for looking and enjoy. G

Arroyo Blanco Abiquiu, New Mexico
Revisiting and re-imagining the Spaghetti Western with authentic weapons and serapes from the actual period.

 Aggregate diamond Saltillo serape circa 1875

Aggregate Diamond Saltillo Serape circa 1875 paired with model 1873 Winchester rifle and Colt Single Action Army (SAA) Pistol both chambered in .38-40 cartridges, (.38 WCF) photographed in Arroyo Blanco, the other “White Place” Abiquiu, New Mexico.

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Classic Rio Grande blanket circa 1850-60s

Classic Rio Grande blanket circa 1850-60s paired with a late Sam Hawken Rifle photographed on the Rio Grande Gorge Rim with Taos Mountain as a backdrop.

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Navajo Moki Serape circa 1860-70's "Bound for Dine ‘tah"

Navajo Moki Serape circa 1860-70’s photographed on the Rio Grande Gorge West Rim paired with a late Sam Hawken Rifle and entitled “Bound for Dine ‘tah”

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Classic Rio Grande blanket circa 1850-60s

Classic Rio Grande blanket circa 1850-60s

Classic Rio Grande blanket circa 1850-60s

Classic Rio Grande Blanket circa 1850-60s paired with a late Sam Hawken Rifle Photographed in the Sangre de Cristo foothills north of San Cristobal, New Mexico.

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Saltillo Serape circa 1870’s

Saltillo Serape circa 1870’s photographed on the rocks in Piedra Lumbre (Shining Rocks) Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

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Early transitional Rio Grande blanket circa 1875

Early transitional Rio Grande blanket circa 1875 photographed in the the “White Place”

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THE END

Stay tuned for the next installment.

10 thoughts on “On Location, In ‘Old’ New Mexico

  1. These are fabulous photos. You’ve captured a story in pictures. Thank you. It was great to be transported to another time in New Mexico.

    1. This ongoing project has enlightened me into a new realm and of understanding of the west. My friend Chris, the model and owner of Tres Estrellas, is a wealth of knowledge on this era of the American West. It wipes out almost all of what we know about the west from Hollywood. Thanks Jamie. G

      1. I just ran across these photos and it was a pleasure looking at them. I have a very good friend, Manuel DeTeffe, he is a director in Rome Italy. His father was the famous Antonio Steffens the first spaghetti western actor. Had an amazing career and also was a Formula 1 champion.
        Do you know of his works?

  2. Well…you’ve made it really hard to choose the best image of the lot. They are all wonderful and the light is exquisite. The one with the saltillo serape is certainly special as is the last where the colorful neckerchief and similar colors in the vest are a nice connection to the tones in the blanket. Fantastic work, Geraint!

    1. You would love it Ron. Next time you visit I will introduce you. The stories, information and knowledge Chris, the owner of Tres Estrells and model, has, is astounding and fascinating. Thank you Ron for the compliments. G

  3. I love these portraits. This is not your typical style. I love the story they tell. The blankets are so beautiful and the models with the rifles set the mood. Well done. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you Kay. This is what I used to do more of, commercial work. I you can see I fell in love with this subject and locations. Everything came together well. I’m very proud of the portfolio of work. G

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