Cast Shadows - Monk & Constable (Sedona Arizona)
11.5 x 15.3 inches
© Monica Muriglan 2011
Gold Guns was shot on location in Sedona, Arizona. The red mountain backdrop is known as Bell Rock. I had arrived in Sedona after a long drive over the mountains from Phoenix after an even longer flight from NYC. I didn't know much of the area and, as usual, a lot was learned after the shoot. But i set up shop here because it seemed like a cool enough place and, well, the sun was fast on its way to setting (and I still had a crazy drive back to Phoenix ... in the dark! ) This was my first shoot after the completion of the Second Coming series and I was beginning to have more of an understanding of the mechanics of photography and also the aspect of a story revealing itself. I had already been collecting antique dolls for a number of years and it seemed fitting to trek to Arizona with some 'natives'. With the intention of conveying some sort of destruction of the native peoples, I was surprised in the end how very different a story was revealed. Again, it's like in life 'things are almost never as they seem'. It was more of an exchange and survival of all that were present. Even the monk figure appears simultaneously to have control but then a huge loss also is apparent. Fitting into the roles we have embodied on this earth, it's a strange thing to contemplate. and what power truly is. Coupled with dignity and compassion, the lines quickly become blurred. The grand plan cannot, is not, known to us ... for us. And that, in itself, is profoundly humbling.