Circumstantial Evidence

I've been casually shooting photographs as the new year has rolled its way towards the end of February. (Already?) Most of the images feel somewhat disjointed from each other, and yet, to my eye, seem as though they could be contributing to a greater sense of narrative when taken as a whole. I refer to these photos as "circumstantial evidence." A fairly accurate description of this idea is:

...circumstantial evidence allows for more than one explanation. Different pieces of circumstantial evidence may be required, so that each corroborates the conclusions drawn from the others. Together, they may more strongly support one particular inference over another. An explanation involving circumstantial evidence becomes more likely once alternative explanations have been ruled out...

This is an ongoing series that I hope will develop into a book (or zine) at some point. Work in progress is always a nice way to keep solid commitments at bay.

Autumn: The dying light

A personal rite of autumn, always undertaken in late November, is a wander through the open space of the Rio Grande bosque. I am drawn to the scent of decomposing leaves, the squawk of passing cranes, the subtle touch of chill in the air as the sun recedes to the western horizon. "Media vita in morte sumus."

Looking down

Feeling darker than usual these days. Autumn is creeping towards winter. Daylight doesn't last long. Clouds gather on the horizon. What to do? I went for a walk, mostly with my head down. This is some of what I found. 

"Saudade" work featured in P3, a leading Portuguese publication

I am very proud to have a selection of my work from the "Saudade" project featured on P3, part of Portugal's leading publication for news, Publico

Click here to see the article (which is in Portuguese) but here is a translation:

The American Nick Tauro Jr. spent a month in Portugal in search of "saudade" and guarantees, it is almost palpable. In an interview with P3 he said other European countries not observed manifestations of this feeling, so private, so Portuguese. "It became evident on the streets of cities, architecture and routines I observed firsthand. I noticed that people have a great connection with its past, despite the globalization of the twenty-first century which is already very clear," he added. The feeling is contagious, he believes. "I quickly recognized the 'saudade' in my personal experience. It seemed to be manifested in unfamiliar surroundings. I found that I have a great predisposition to melancholy and nostalgia, and that's what allowed me to develop this project." Photographed in Porto, Lisbon, Braga, Fatima, Angeiras, Vila do Conde and Coimbra during an artist residency. Resulted from this work nine thousand photographs that spent three months editing to turn into eighty-publish under the photobook format by The Unknown Books. The photobook "Saudade" can be purchased through the publisher's website.

Solo Exhibit and Book Release

Excited to formally announce my solo exhibition here in Albuquerque. More details to come, but mark you calendar.


Good Friday in New Mexico

The Catholic faith is one of many rituals, that may differ from place to place. Here in New Mexico, the pilgrimage walk is one ritual that endures. The walk to the Santuario de Chimayó is perhaps the best known, but a smaller, yet no less important pilgrimage walk occurs every Good Friday at Tomé Hill. Located in the Rio Grande Valley, south of Albuquerque, the Hill see a stream of faithful throughout the day, who climb the rocky elevation to reach a three-crossed altar at the top. Meanwhile, down in the valley, there are other displays of faith, including reenactments of Christ's last hours, as seen in the Passion Play. Here are some photographs I made in Tomé this year.

Exploring close to home

This past weekend I took part in an Instagram-based project called the "24 Hour Project." The basic idea behind it was to shoot in your location (for me, it was Albuquerque, NM) and post one image per hour for 24 hours. What I found most challenging about this project was that it forced me to look for photo opportunities in the place that I live. Too often, I take my everyday environment for granted, or I fall into a "there's nothing new to shoot here" syndrome. Once I jumped into it, I started to create images that I was surprised by and delighted with. I think the ease of posting from my phone made it feel more like a carefree treasure hunt, and less of a tedious assignment. I also got to meet and talk to various local photographers and other everyday folks, which helped keep me inspired and committed to the project. Though I was pretty tired when my last post was uploaded, I felt a strong sense of satisfaction with the images I produced. In essence, I fell (visually) back in love with my city. I suggest you give something similar a try. You don't have to travel to an exotic, foreign city to make good photographs. Sometimes they're right outside your front door.

"Saudade" book...coming soon.

So a little bit of a teaser today. I am currently finalizing the publishing of my first book of photographs. Titled "Saudade", the book is being released through the very cool The Unknown Books, run by Fábio Roque in Portugal. Today, a very nice preview of the book appeared on the Spanish book printer's website. You can read it here. You can translate to English at the site.