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I will be soon returning to the wondrous landscapes of the Four Corners region here in the US, especially to the sacred, sculpted redlands of southeastern Utah. I’ve been drawn to this amazing land since the mid 1970s, and I return here as often as I can. The great National Parks of Canyonlands, Arches, and Capitol Reef (not to mention Zion and Bryce Canyon further west) are the heart of this unique topography. It is a place of great beauty, danger, adventures, and an almost visceral spirituality.
The part of this country that is in Navajo hands, such as Monument Valley, is and always has been utterly sacred to them. All of it feels sacred to me. There are many special places I like to go in this high desert, but there is one private spot I picked many years ago that I reserve for my own meditation and shamanic journeying.
I’ve posted the original photo of myself in this spot before, but recently I was experimenting with the new Deep Dream code from Google. They use it to search, organize, and perform image recognition on their vast image databanks. It can also be used to create strange, visionary alterations to existing images, such as mine. I used several Deep Dream “filters” to create multiple versions of this photograph, then I chose parts of each to make the final combination.
I like this kind of processing when used artistically. It is, obviously, best suited for visionary or psychedelic style images like this one.
I’ll post much more (traditional) photography (like the one below) of these special landscapes upon my return in August.
July 12, 2015 | Categories: Ayahuasca & Entheogens, Shamanism, Animism, Desert Southwest, Photos and Artwork, Travel, Uncategorized | Tags: Arches, artwork, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Deep Dream, desert, earth, four corners, Google, meditation, Monument Valley, Navajo, photo, photograph, ritual, sacred journey, sacred land, shaman, shamanic journeying, shamanic practices, shamanism, Southwest, spirit, travel, Utah, Zion | 2 Comments