We take a lot of photos. Photography is our way of documenting and memorializing what matters to us. It also comes in handy when a client needs a specific image that isn’t a stock image seen all over the web.
A stream of photos is like a journal. It documents what we like and what we find interesting. Photos have become ubiquitous in the age of phones with cameras. Modern diary / journals in the form of social media live on words but often also photos and our reactions to them. They have an impact that’s often immediate. In some cases the quality of the photo doesn’t really matter if the subject is compelling enough.
Photography has always been a big part of all the design work we do. The objectifying aspect of what the camera lense does for what we see can be compelling but also instructive at times. We care about innovation, enterprise, culture, and art and so wherever we go we snap a few shots. Those shots sometimes end up promoting the people and enterprises we like on our site and elsewhere. Occasionally they end up as book covers and in publications.
On the book cover below you see a shot of two of us visiting an archaeological site in northern Mexico in the state of Sonora. The site is called Cerro De Trincheras. People of several different cultures in the the southwest US and northern Mexico region built terraced hilltop sites over a span of 2500 years. The earliest sites were occupied 3000 years ago, but others were occupied as late as the century when Columbus reached the Americas. These terraced hilltops are still not well understood. In the case of the one you see on the book cover, as you reach the top of the hill you are greeted by a simple and yet elegant labyrinth. Despite our efforts at photographic documentation at times we simply savor the view and leave the camera in it’s bag.
An Artotems Co. photo on the book cover. Engendering Households in the Prehistoric Southwest Available on Amazon.
Cerro De Trincheras
“The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.” - Henri Cartier-BressonRead More