My friend Geraint and I are out for an early morning walk around Las Vegas, New Mexico looking for interesting architectural details and the interplay of light and shadow. It’s going well and the conversation is interspersed with laughter as it usually is when we’re together. On our route there are a number of row houses built close to the street. Some have window sills filled with small items, others have sagging screen doors, while a few have interesting painted designs around the windows.
A window covered in a translucent material catches our eyes. As you can see in the image, the bottom has started to fray and the threads create a delicate design. We create a few images and are discussing composition when the door to the home opens and a woman appears accompanied by two pit bulls. The lady of the house wants to know what we’re doing at her window and the dogs appear to be interested in how we might taste. We have a cordial conversation with the lady and she gives us permission to make more images if we like. The pit bulls aren’t buying what we’re selling. They spend the whole time on their back legs snarling and bumping the frame of the screen door. I expect they are wishing they had opposable thumbs so they could undo the latch.
Today, we’re glad the nice lady had them on leashes and that they didn’t realize they could have pushed their way through the old screen. So much for a leisurely morning stroll.