I’ve taken several trips to the Southwest, and have been hypnotized every time by its unique splendor. The shot of the Anasazi ruin was taken after a several hour trek up dry arroyos, terrain that even for a Northwestern hiker was at times challenging. I wanted to have a vision of what it was like living there. The buildings are very small and if door size is any indication, the Anasazi were small people. I composed the image low to try and capture the intent of the builders, people who had a spiritual building sense with their environment. The wind storm in Monument Valley was luck, being at the right place at the right time with the right equipment. I set up my 4×5 camera and had to secure it not only with my dad’s help, but with a 10 pound lead block. The wind was easily 40 knots; it took me weeks to get the sand out of my bellows. The negative had to be scanned to digitize out the thousands of sand blots.