Meaning of Place
Only when I have experienced a place, spiritually and physically, can I give it meaning.
With anticipation I approached Red Rock Pass, and when I reached it, I crumbled, and then wept with joy. Never before or since have I felt a surge of planetary energy as powerful as I did there in the heart of the Itcha Volcano on July 10, 2009.
For two days, my wife Rita and friend Mike, and I, hiked amidst these 5-million-year-old flows of coloured lava; each an eruption separated by tens of thousands of years. Today, as they blend together and move slowly downward toward the sea, they generate soil for the vegetation climbing from the valley floor.
Photographing within this volcanic core was a transformational experience. By revisiting my images, I feel rejuvenated and uplifted.