Crespin is one of more than 134 artists who will gather along
Crespin's photographs range from an old church ruin near
"I've spent all night in some places just to capture that light," he said.
Crespin learned the basics of photography in college, but honed his skills while working as an exhibit technician at the
"I didn't really get into it until" then, he said. "My wife bought me a digital camera, which made it a lot easier."
Crespin grew up watching his mother paint landscapes and flowers in the farming and ranching community of
"I've kind of been all over
"El Cuervo" is one of his most haunting images. Shot at Coronado State Monument, it shows a bird perched atop an adobe building against a soot-stained sky.
"It was about two years ago when they were having the fires along the
"Pathway to Heaven" shows the facade of a church ruin with an empty bell tower in a tangle of brush off
"That facade is the only thing standing of that church," he said. "There were no signs in there. It was a cloudy day and it had snowed."
He labeled a print of a black sky framing a sunlit windmill "Ominous." A thunderstorm roiled around him as he shot the image near
"The clouds just opened up and that windmill was dead center," he said. "Minutes after that, I was hit with a thunderstorm."
He climbed onto a Rio Grande sandbar to shoot "Up with the Cranes" beneath crimson clouds and the Sandia peaks. He shot the picture near
"The cranes roost on the sand bars," he said. "They were flying into the trees to start eating. The river was blood red as that sun came up."
Photographing landscapes suits what he describes as his shy personality.
"I feel embarrassed taking photographs of people," he said. "I hate asking them for permission."
"I work with the best artists and we encourage each other," he said. Sometimes the nine photographers go on group photo shoots, where he picks up technical tips and enjoys the camaraderie.
"They embraced me and welcomed me and made me feel at home," he said.
Crespin juried into the Contemporary Hispanic Market four years ago. His work also can be seen in the annual New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair and in October's Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Show.
If you go
WHAT: 28th Annual Contemporary Hispanic Market
WHEN: Preview night
HOW MUCH: Free. Call 505-331-5162 or visit contemporary hispanicmarketinc.com
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