Wayne Suggs says “landscape photography is magical to me.” The renowned New Mexico photographer will share some of that magic with the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.
The opening for his show, “The Color of Dreams,” is Saturday, Aug. 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to meet Suggs and enjoy refreshments at the free opening reception in the Museum’s Arts Corridor. Regular admission is required to see the rest of the Museum: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and $3 for children 4 to 17.
The Color of Dreams exhibit features 25 of Suggs’ most-recent photographs that are included in his book of the same title. His images capture the beautiful, rugged landscape of New Mexico. Whether the composition includes night skies, cacti, petroglyphs, boulders, or abandoned structures, Suggs’ photographs have a distinct feel and look.
“For 47 years, I’ve held a camera in my hand,” said Suggs, who has lived his whole life in Las Cruces. “My love and passion for the art of photography has continued to grow with each passing year. To return in my mind to that moment in time, and to remember the joy I felt when I pressed the shutter has made the photographs a part of who I am. I’m not in love with my photographs, I’m in love with all the experiences, the friends I’ve made, and most of all, being out in nature.”
The 2015 New Mexico Magazine Photographer of the Year has won numerous awards, including The Oliver Award for his work in night photography with petroglyphs. His work can be seen in national, state, and local publications such as New Mexico Magazine, The Reflector Astronomy Magazine, New Mexico Travelers Guide, and the Wilderness Society publications. He currently teaches photography for Muench Workshops.
“These days, teaching photography is a big part of my life,” he said. “I get just as much joy from teaching someone how to capture an image as I do in taking my own. I still crave the solitude of the wild places, but with my camera, I feel I am sharing a small glimpse of the reverence I feel in the wild.”
The art show will be on display through Dec. 3, 2022.