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October 23, 2022


Filed under: Fine Art,Fine Art Portfolio,Other — John Siskin @ 12:16 pm

Monument Valley Petroglyph

I’ve really enjoyed exploring and photographing New Mexico. I’m sure all the images I’ve done in the last couple of years make that clear. One of the most interesting aspects of this area is the long human history. One of the most compelling and oldest human behavior is leaving our marks in stone and wood. Whether in Lascaux Cave in France, the Leang Tedongnge cave in Indonesia or the New York Subway, humans have been writing on the wall for a long time. In this area the marks were carved into the rocks, which means we can still see them today. Of course, depending on the type of rock, some marks are much easier to photograph than others. There is a dark coating on some rock in the desert that is possible to chip off, which makes some of the pictures easy to see.

I’ve photographed petroglyphs at several places, La Cieneguilla, Tsankawi, Canyon De Chelly, Bandelier and Rinconada Canyon. I don’t know what these marks mean or how they relate to the cultures of the indigenous people who left these marks; but I do think that they are fascinating to photograph. I hope you will enjoy these images.

As you might imagine I’d prefer that these pages don’t get filled with a great deal of text. If you’d like information about a specific image, please e-mail me at and I’ll let you know what I know. Of course, if you have specific requests about an image you’d like to purchase please use the same address. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase an image, please use the Paypal link below and give me the browser link to the image and your shipping address.

I am also trying a couple of things that will give people an opportunity to support this work. While I am fortunate to have enough money to continue to do this work, some things are pretty expensive. For instance 11×14 film is hard to get and costs about $300 for just 25 shots and a 120 roll of Ilford Delta 400 is close to $9. I have put in a link to Roberts Camera/Used Photo Pro that may get me a few dollars. I’ve bought a bunch of my used cameras from Used Photo Pro. They’ve been great! Roberts, basically the same place, is one of my go to suppliers for film. When I was living in Indianapolis their store was just a couple of blocks from my studio. So, I know them well enough to really recommend them. If you want to help me out, please use the link below to check out their stuff.

A few links


Introduction Page

Monument Valley

Taos Pueblo

Night Sky


Monastery Road



Ice and Snow


I did a large show when I was still in Indianapolis called Courting Chaos. The link will take you to the pages which describe the work and its evolution. These images are, well, chaotic and many of them are nudes. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

Links to my books, still available at Amazon!

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