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Water Women is an image taken late in the afternoon in Santa Fe, NM in February, 2000. My intention that afternoon was to capture images that represented the essence of Santa Fe. I was attracted first by the shadow on the adobe wall. The sculpture caught my eye long after its shadow. Then I noticed that the setting sun was also changing the color of the bronze sculpture. I managed to stop pedestrian as well as automobile traffic long enough to shoot the image with a 4x5 View camera. The Tim Nicola sculpture, which was in front of the Frank Howell Gallery, is called "Life Givers". The piece depicts two Navajo women collecting water from a spring. All together, the need for water, the sculpture of Navajo women, the color of the adobe wall is to me the essence of Santa Fe.