Navajo Mountain, 1979
Ray Belcher (American, born 1944)
gelatin silver print, 17 5/8 x 14 in. (44.8 x 35.6 cm)
Gift of Gil and Eileen Hitchcock, 1984
Ray Belcher grew up on the New Jersey shore and received early encouragement for a set of photographs made in Maine documenting lobster and crab fishing. It wasn’t until after serving in the Navy and settling in Berkeley that he took on the study of photography. Belcher went to the San Francisco Art Institute, and moved to New Mexico in 1976. He sees photography as “a training for seeing…the picture reflects a moment of being and what happens in that moment.”
Reflective Questions and Activities:
|E/S||Imagine you are a traveler and the first person to see this landscape. Describe your reaction:
• how does it look?
• what feelings come to mind?
• is it an hospitable environment? Why?
Write a letter to someone “back home” describing this experience.