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Making "Ghost Dance: Spirits & Angels"

Photographer Angel Wynn will discuss her ghost series project and the effects used to create spirit-like images.

Northern New Mexico’s history is rich in amazing stories, vibrant cultures and passionate people. Going back in time to try to capture this lyrical energy is photographer Angel Wynn, who will present her latest body of work titled “Ghost Dance: Spirits & Angels”, haunting photographs that give the illusion of ghostly encounters. Last year, while preparing images of an Anasazi ruin, Wynn came across one that had a wisp-like lens flare. Intrigued by this ghost-like anomaly, Wynn, who specializes in photographing North American Indian cultures, was inspired to begin a new project. “With New Mexico’s 400 years of cultural history,” says Wynn, “If I was about to try and capture places with a sense of spirit, then the project had to cross over to include all heritages.” Wynn was drawn to New Mexico’s fascinating characters such as artist Georgia O’Keeffe, an 1850’s soldier from Fort Stanton and the haunting legend of La Llorona. “By using ghost-like effects to recreate the past life of a man, woman or child”, explains Wynn, “I want to bring a vitality to history in a deeply felt way and to spark interest in preserving legendary places”. This compilation of haunting photographs reveals man’s yearning for eternity and everlasting spirituality. A 2005 Gallup poll concludes that three out of four Americans believe in the paranormal, with 71% of them having experienced a personal encounter. Wynn has successfully built her career capturing the essence and spirit of each person she’s photographed; now she is capturing the spirit of history. Has she ever personally experienced any apparitions? “On a few occasions this summer, I did feel a chilling presence while shooting on location,” she recalls. The show will kick off with an opening reception on Friday, October 31, from 4pm to 6pm at Wynn’s studio-gallery located at 1036 Canyon Road. A few of Wynn’s models will be dressed in their period costumes that were worn during the “ghost” photo shoots. On Saturday, November 8, from 2-4 pm, also to be held at the Canyon Road studio will be another reception where Wynn will discuss her ghost series project and the effects used to create spirit-like images. If you would like to schedule a special viewing of “Ghost Dance: Spirits & Angels”, call Wynn’s studio at 505 819-1103. If the gate is open, then drop on in.