Water is the driving force in nature.”
Leonardo da Vinci

I grew up and spent all of my life in New Jersey. As a child and until my earty 30's I live in Piscataway, New Jersey. Piscataway is bordered on one side, by the Raritan River. When I moved, it was to New Brunswick, New Jersey, the other side of the Raritan River. Later, my wife and I bought a house in Edison, New Jersey, where the Raritan River flows into Raritan Bay.

With the New Jersey beaches and easy car drive away, it was not unusual to “go down the shore” for the day. In fact, growing up, I spent most of my summers at my grandparents beach cottage in a little town named Lavallette.

When we moved to Las Cruces, we had not been a total stranger to New Mexico. We had visited New Mexico many times over the last 30 years and loved it so much we decided to move here in October of 2018.

Our next exhibit, Water, A Juried Photographic Exhibition at The Southwest Environmental Center, has brought images that range from celebration to warning about this precious resource. It has also brought a range of thoughts and emotions that I didn't think I would experience. The exhibition has triggered a feeling of loss in me, the loss of the sight and sound of flowing and running water.

The Rio Grande is dry, lakes and ponds are few and far between, even rain storms seem small and mild compared to what is normal in the east. All of this has made me appreciate water in ways that I have never thought. And if absence makes the heart grow fonder, then the absence of water has made me realize its driving force in nature and survival.

John Craig
Converge Las Cruces

Iceland; The Ring Road, Photographs by Alex Tullis

Iceland; The Ring Road, Photographs by Alex Tullis is the next Converge Las Cruces Virtual Art Walk to be held on February 26, 2016, between 7:00 and 8:00 P.M.

Our walk will explore the Icelandic photographic journey taken by Alex Tullis on a recent trip to the island nation. The 828 mile Route 1, also known as The Ring Road, circumnavigates the country and travels through Iceland’s mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and fjords.

Alex introduces us to a living landscape, one that is rooted in history and memory. He describes his perceptions as “Here the memory of the land can be felt, not as alien or moon-like, but more like a sudden tap of the shoulder; a distant mirror that flashes before disappearing.”

We hope you take this posting as a gentle tap on the shoulder to join us on this unique Converge Las Cruces Virtual Art Walk.

Wayne Suggs; Photographs of the Southwest and Beyond

Converge Las Cruces is pleased to be exhibiting: Wayne Suggs; Photographs of the Southwest and Beyond. This exhibition features 15 landscape photographs often using Wayne’s signature style incorporating deep focus, rich colors, and night skies.

“Living in the Southwest is a paradise for a landscape photographer. At an early age, I was introduced to the wonders of nature by parents who knew the importance of having a relationship with the Great Outdoors,” said Mr. Suggs. “They bought me a Nikon camera when I was fourteen and forty years later, I’m still using a Nikon camera in an attempt to capture and share the wonderment of our Southwest landscape.

Wayne captures the beauty of the Southwest and shares his images not only for others to enjoy, but to help increase awareness of the necessity to preserve our precious surroundings.

“Wayne’s photographs are very pertinent to the issues of today,” said John Craig, Director of Converge Las Cruces “Many of his photographs have been taken in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces, New Mexico. This national monument’s expansion in 2014 is currently up for review by the current administration and could be reduced leaving cultural, historic, and environmental landmarks unprotected. Wayne’s photographs are a great example of what we have to lose when we do not protect our lands.”

Wayne Suggs is an accomplished photographer of 40 years and lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His work can be seen in national, state, and local publications such as New Mexico Magazine, The Reflector Astronomy Magazine, New Mexico Travelers Guide, and the Wilderness Society Publications to name a few. Wayne leads photography workshops through Muench Workshops and Dona Ana Community College. He can be reached at waynesuggsphotography@outlook.com

Wayne Suggs and Giggsy

Wayne Suggs and Giggsy

Paul Elliott; The Unfolding Landscape

Converge Las Cruces is pleased to announce our new online exhibition Paul Elliott; The Unfolding Landscape.

This exhibition features 18 black and white landscape photographs of an often vast, but always occupied American West. The heighten contrast, rich tones, and carefully composed dramatic images remind us of scenes from a John Ford Western.

“I think it’s no accident that Paul Elliott’s images hint at an old Western movie,” said Deborah Sperry, Director of exhibitions. “Paul is an award winning cinematographer who expands the narrative of the modern landscape by using photography suggestive of a movie story board. His photographs deeply reference the history of American landscape photography, but we see examples, small and large, of human expansion onto the land.”

Paul Elliott (IMDb Bio) is an award winning cinematographer and photographer. Originally from London, England, he is now living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been nominated 3 times for the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers award, and won the award for best cinematography on a TV movie. Paul has also won a best cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival.