Friday, February 08, 2008

Blue doors of Taos.

I sometimes wonder how I would write my blog if I didn't live in Bangkok. Would I be able to search out good street-food in Cape Town? And what would a 'Colors of Los Angeles' series look like? But I'm sure wherever I live I'll find things that inspire me. Even the home state that I left behind is rather exotic. Every time I tell someone that I'm from New Mexico, they tell me what a beautiful state it is- even if they've never visited. And it really is. When I was in New Mexico in May and June, I got to revisit some of the more interesting locales in the state. One of the highlights was a visit to the Taos Pueblo, where I took these photographs. I'm drawn to certain colors, so many of photographs from the visit centered around the contrast of these blue-green doors against the ochre of the adobe.

The pale blue color around doors is a New Mexican tradition, brought by the Spanish, originating in the Middle East, India, or further abroad. It's meant to keep the home free of malignant spirits; if nothing else, the milky hues provide the eyes with a cooling respite from the earthen adobe walls.

6 comments:

Wendy said...

I was once stampeded by cattle in New Mexico on ranch land off highway 41. Needless to say the photographs from that unplanned escapade had crooked horizons and will remain in seclusion for eternity.

p.s. thanks for linking me. Coming right back at you :^)

JHill said...

these are so beautiful...

Freshly Found said...

Beautiful coloured doors! What a delightful contrast to the earthy colours.

Prêt à Voyager said...

One of my first memories of my trip to New Mexico in 4th or 5th grade was that even the drug store was adobe style. I loved that there was such a sense of place in the architecture. These colors are beautiful!

Anne

P.S. Wanted to send this along: http://writetotravel.blogspot.com/2008/02/attention-all-travel-bloggers.html

Luke said...

Hey Xander,

These turquoise doors remind me of Chaouen (Chefchaouen or Xauen) in Rif Mountains. Interestingly, you can see blue doors and shutters in many places in Morocco, but in Chaouen it become something of a trademark. Nowadays they paint everything blue; walls, rooftop terraces (in hostels), even pavements.

Best,
Luke.

Anja said...

Wow, these turquoise doors are really beautiful! Great photos, Xander.