Grand Canyon

Landscape work

Pat Perigo Instructor of Digital Photography & Graphic design- The Art Institute of Phoenix

MFA- Photography  Ohio University, Athens Ohio

BFA -Commercial Art / Photography ,

Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas

 

 

jour·ney

ˈjərnē/noun

noun: journey; plural noun: journeys

  1. 1. an act of traveling from one place to another.

“she went on a long journey”

To take a Journey is more than to travel physically to a destination.  We all travel through life exploring our surroundings  & sometimes experiencing a life altering change. Be that the beauty of a place, Loss of a loved one or experiences we call our

“ Bucket List’. Sometimes we need a different perspective to actually see what is right in front of or behind us. These cumulative experiences, I call My Journey.

 

Havasupai , ten years ago, I and a group of friends hiked into the Havasupai falls area. I had lost my Father that March & had carried his ashes with me on that Journey to set him free. I thought in a beautiful yet difficult place to get to. It was my belief that he would be able to rest there peacefully. Both My Mom & My Aunt made me promise to take them there too when they passed on, so I did. My Aunt passed in March of 2011 & my Mother in March of 2012.  This last May I made this Journey with some of the same friends, I set their ashes free in the same spot as my Father.

Excerpt from a Havasupai Artists statement about the mural at the center.

“The Waterfall represents Life & is housing one of our Ancient ones. It is through the waters & the rocks that the ancestral spirits speak to us. The Rocks of Wiigleeva are regarded with respect & are the Guardians over our village.   The night to day transition represents transitions in life. We begin in the stage of innocence & ignorance. We go through stages of introspection, illumination & wisdom. If our focus is on giving as the waters freely give, we will gain clear vision as the eagle.”

 

The Grand Canyon Is an awe inspiring place, that I had not visited since i was an early teen twelve or thirteen years old. I remember we traveled there in June of 1976. We were trapped in a Winnebago traffic jam & only really saw on vista point & Visitor area. Upon return at the age of fifty years old, I was amazed at the beauty of the Canyon. & Felt compelled to document it as best I could.

After Teddy Roosevelt  saw the vistas on his visit he made certain to eventually get the land changed to a National Park finally in 1919. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt visited the site and said: “The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world… Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

 


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