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The San José de Gracia de Las Trampas mission church is located in Las Trampas, New Mexico, approximately halfway between Taos and Santa Fe on the famed "High Road to Taos." The church was completed in 1780 and is considered to be one of the best preserved examples of Spanish Colonial Mission architecture in New Mexico. Situated on a tiny, dusty, Spanish-style plaza, San José de Gracia de Las Trampas is still an active parish church.

In this photo, I tried to capture the massive, solid, dominating presence of the Church, and secondarily, the contrast between the plain,unadorned adobe of the side and back with the delicate architecture of the front.

What is a Cyanotype? It's a 19th century photographic process that uses iron
salt solutions applied to paper, with a photo negative or assorted objects laid upon it. When
exposed to sunshine or other UV light and developed in water, voila! BEAUTIFUL unique photos colored a gorgeous Prussian blue. Because they are printed on either blueprint or watercolor paper, they have a soft matte appearance, without the glossy shine of contemporary photographs. Because each photo is hand made, please expect the possibility of slight variations or imperfections – in fact, I sometimes encourage puddles, drips, and noticeable brushwork, only adding to the charm and originality of each photo.

The photograph comes unmatted, but will easily fit into a standard 11 X 14" ready-made mat (with the standard 7.5" x 9.5" inside opening.) No expensive custom matting and framing needed! By using this size, the mat will be set back a bit, and you will be able to display the beautiful, brushy edges of the photo as part of the image. Once again, please note that NO MAT is included with the purchase of this cyanotype.

The photo has been given a light, sheer coating of protective wax to give it more depth and preserve it from the elements.

Medium: Cyanotype on acid-free professional artist watercolor paper

Title: San Jose Mission Church, Las Trampas, N.M.

Size: 6" x 9"

Matted: No

Signed. Yes, lower left. Note that this scan was taken before it was signed.

Limited Edition: No

Ships with care, flat in sturdy cardboard.

Watermark is for internet purposes only - there will be no watermark on the ones you receive.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Purchase or downloading of this image does not transfer rights of reproduction in any form. The copyright for the image remains solely with the photographer. Purchases are for personal use only.

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Las Trampas Mission Church, Spanish Colonial Architecture on High Road to Taos New Mexico 6" x 9" Original Cyanotype Photo

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: watercolor paper, iron solutions, photo negative, sunlight, UV light
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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