Our first annual photography competition didn't work out quite the way we'd expected. Unlike most Alibi contests of the past, we didn't receive a towering pile of entries. I'll take partial responsibility for this. Two of the categories—Tantrums and Blackmail—were a little bit obscure, and the truth is we didn't get any publishable entries for either of these. Our second disappointment is that we didn't receive a single nude picture of Don Schrader, which has left many of us, particularly Alibi Editor Michael Henningsen, both mystified and depressed.
Thankfully, many of the photographs we did receive were stellar. We got plenty of fine entries in the "Albuquerque, Love It or Leave It," "Mama Nature in New Mexico" and "Local Celebrities" categories.
Camera & Darkroom (3225 Central NE, 255-1133) sponsored this inaugural contest, generously donating a $25 gift certificate to each of our winners. Next time you're shopping for photo gizmos, stop by Camera & Darkroom to browse through their wide-ranging selection of high-quality equipment, books and other photographic paraphernalia. Winners will also receive $100 worth of gift certificates to the Monte Vista Fire Station (3201 Central NE, 255-2424), one of Nob Hill's finest eateries, along with one of those ultra-trendy Alibi T-shirts all the kids are talking about.
This contest is going to be sticking around for a while, so start snapping photos for next year. I promise the categories will be less esoteric.
His superhuman powers are legendary. He can leap tall buildings in a single bound. He can eat half a rotisserie chicken in under 12 seconds flat. He can withstand the thick carbon monoxide fog of Central Avenue in the middle of a blazing 110-degree summer. Who is that masked man? The world will never know. Harry O. Morris gets an honorable mention for this video still of the El Bandido guy, certainly one of our most mysterious local celebrities.
You’d probably have to see Richard Rodriguez’ photograph, “Interstate Abstract,” up close and personal to feel its full effect. This crisp, perfectly balanced image captures one facet of the illusive beauty of our new Big-I. For this reason, it richly deserves an honorable mention in the “Albuquerque, Love It or Leave It” category. My favorite touch is the tiny yellow hydrant lurking at the edge of the shadow at the bottom right corner.
Evan Grady’s phallic, fragmented image of a cactus spike is actually composed of 10 separate photographs mounted onto a jagged black background. It was definitely one of the better “Mama Nature in New Mexico” entries.
Bob Whitham’s night-time view of the Duke City from the West Mesa—a narrow beam of neon thrusting through the Middle Rio Grande Valley like Darth Vader’s light saber—pierced the cockles of our cynical hearts. Albuquerque can be beautiful, after all. Who knew?
The crocus, as you may or may not know, is one of the first flowers to open after the winter snows melt into the thawing ground. For his simple, Zen-like digital photograph of a yellow crocus blossom poking through a rug of gnarled, dead grass, Siobhan McLoughlin wins our “Mama Nature in New Mexico” category.
Pegg E. Macy snapped this picture of local celebrity Carl Karyté in the heat of tribal dance, his blurred limbs and feathers showing him to be a man in motion.
La Catrina, or the wealthy woman, is one of the most renowned Día de los Muertos icons. Every year in the South Valley, an annual Marigold Parade is held to commemorate the dead. Dick Lujan’s creepy black and white photograph of a young woman dressed in La Catrina garb celebrates Albuquerque’s distinctiveness in a manner achieved by no other entry. For this, Lujan wins our “Albuquerque, Love It or Leave It” category.
All right, UNM student Jasmine Ceniceros’ large-scale photograph of local punk rock legend Gordy Anderson following a kidney operation is a little frightening, but it sure is an attention grabber, ain’t it? We loved it. It’s so damn punk rock! Anderson currently plays guitar in the band Black Maria and used to play in the band Jerry’s Kids. For her extraordinary portrait, Ceniceros wins our “Local Celebrities” category.
Do not, under any conditions, mess with the grannies. Susan Chavez’ charming photograph of the rockin’ activist musical group the Raging Grannies gets her an honorable mention in our “Local Celebrities” category.
In a state overflowing with natural wonders, the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, located right next to Socorro, is certainly one of our finest. Every year people from around the world flock to the refuge to see an amazing variety of birds, especially hundreds of sand hill cranes and a few endangered whooping cranes. David Fleishman’s sunrise photo communicates some of the sanctuary’s elusive magic.
Randy Getty’s sinister black and white photograph of cottonwoods in the Bosque came to us mounted on an attractive wood frame. One of the most original entries we received, it gets an honorable mention in our “Mama Nature in New Mexico” category.