Opening: Thoughts on the Rio Grande in Photographs and Haiku

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Albuquerque photographer Clarke Condé presents a selection of 15 large-scale photographs paired with haiku from his upcoming book Thoughts on the Rio Grande in Photographs and Haiku in an exhibit of the same name opening January 22 at the Open Space Visitor Center Gallery.

“This series explores the great river and its surroundings as it passes through the ever-expanding city of Albuquerque,” said Condé. “This is a place where the needs of its people compete with the needs of the plants and animals that rely on its waters for life itself.” Indeed, but whereas the complex interplay between the city and the river have been well documented elsewhere, Condé simplifies and offers instead a haiku:

The Rio Grande
Developed beyond pristine
Pristine beyond use

This is not a critical look; no one is shamed. Rather, we simply take a moment to reflect on where we are in this place. Through photographs bound to haiku, we immerse ourselves in the river as it passes through, leaving us with its past as we give it our future. All of that in just photographs and haiku.

Clarke Condé is a photographer who believes the process of thinking in haiku guides his lens towards a vision of nature that is more ordered and reflective than it would be with a camera alone. A professional photographer for over 30 years, Condé has published and shown his photographs widely, as well as his haiku, but rarely together. He lives in Albuquerque.

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WHAT: An art exhibit titled “Thoughts on the Rio Grande in Photographs and Haiku”
By Albuquerque, New Mexico photographer Clarke Condé

WHEN: Opening reception
2pm to 4pm
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Exhibit runs through April 9, 2022

WHERE: The East Gallery
Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120



Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120, USA

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