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November 6, 2022


Filed under: Architecture,Architecture,Fine Art,Fine Art Portfolio — John Siskin @ 11:21 am

The Spanish first came to New Mexico, bringing the Roman Catholic Church with them in 1540. That is 80 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. So much of the European History of New Mexico is bound up with the Catholic Church. From my point of view, as a photographer, the Churches out here are fascinating subjects. Many have been used for incredibly long times, like Cathedral of Santa Fe, which is built on the site of a church erected in 1626. The church has a good deal of influence on the life of this state.

Since I’ve been out here many of the churches have been shuttered because of Covid and other reasons. So, most of the pictures collected here are exteriors. I expect to explore more of the interiors as they become more accessible. Of course, those images will be added to this group as the work progresses.

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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