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Santa Fe, NM 1977

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2011; 02:43 a.m.

We made this trip from Memphis during the Christmas vacation 1977. Santa Fe was a part of the Romantic landscape of the West. We imbibed the Spanish cultural ambiance and the the superb rural New Mexican food along the way. Many of those eating places in those days were run by traditional Spanish families. I recall that the Spanish Mamas were excellent hostesses. In many cases, they treated us like family and would not give us a menu card, initially. Then, would say, "okay, you can look at it for curiosity...but I am going to fix you a special meal...I know what you like."
I made lots of pictures in Ektachrome with my Exakta RTL1000 and Oreston 50mm lens. Here are some samples. The slides were processed by a Kodak lab. So it retains much of the original colour. In some pictures with the sky and clouds I used a Pol filter. It made the colours some what deeper.
In those years Santa Fe claimed that they had three million tourists visiting each year. I wonder what the figures are now. I loved the adobe and handcrafted motifs in the architecture all over the city, in public and private buildings. They seemed to have had very strong design controls. I do not remember many details to provide a detailed commentary. The pictures speak for themselves.

1. The Landscape


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Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2011; 02:45 a.m.

Is that what they call Taos in the background?

2. The Capitol

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2011; 02:47 a.m.

I hope they are conserving the adobe motifs even in Government buildings.

3.Shrine-Chapel ?

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2011; 02:52 a.m.

It had that religious look of the Frontier mission center. The street lamps were a bit too modern. They did not fit the traditional motifs and style. I wish they had used Spanish lanterns.

4. Art gallery

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2011; 02:54 a.m.

Quite touristy with many visitors. The roofing rafter sticking out are actually simulated ones to keep the style going.

5. A Street scene

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2011; 02:56 a.m.

Surprisingly old cars, including a FIAT Millicento!

6. The Federal Building

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2011; 02:58 a.m.

Sensitive to local sentiment in style.

7. Commercial space

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2011; 03:00 a.m.

These were the most interesting and creative buildings.

8.Building materials

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2011; 03:02 a.m.

These materials were only for the finishing items. I guess the core and frame of the buildings were in Reinforced concrete to provide stability.

9. Court in a shopping area

Subbarayan Prasanna , May 01, 2011; 03:07 a.m.

Santa Fe architecture used exteriors and interior spaces in a continuum. Being a small town with almost no pollution they could explore the continuities creatively. I did not find the same facility and integration in Albuquerque. It was a bit too big and had less control over its architecture and other activities.

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