Leaving Monument Valley, a series of images by a photographer who would rather be known as Mojo2u, documents a traveler’s exit from Monument Valley, and the visual experience that accompanies it. Mojo2u wrote these reflections as they left this area of the Colorado Plateau known by a cluster of enormous sandstone buttes. “With snow on the ground headlights shine on US Highway 163 at mile marker 13. I noticed that most of the cars leaving the valley were driven by Navajo. The Navajo take their time and drive like they have all the time in the world. At this time of the evening, the tourist have already reached their destination or are rushing madly to get there,” he said.
Monument Valley is located on the Arizona-Utah state line near the Four Corners area. The valley is situated inside the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163, AS Mojo2u noted.
Monument Valley has been showcased in numerous popular media platforms since the last century as early as the1930s. John Ford, the illustrious film director chose the location for a number of his best-known movies. Because of these typically rustic set films, critic Keith Phipps was prompted to observe that, “its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.”
Mojo2u’s shots still reflect these Ford captured imagery. Among the photographs: A shot of a labyrinth cave that could have been witness to an exciting gunfight, and an image of a sunset worthy for any cowboy hero to fade into.
Mojo2u shoots with a Nikon D80 and Nikon D700 which is his current favorite camera, as he wrote, “For the first time I am excited about photography. I started using the manual mode and reading up on all things DSLR related. I came across information related to HDR and software processing specifically related to digital photography. Software processing made sense to me so I purchased Photomatix for HDR and DxO Optics/Adobe Elements for image manipulation.”
He is a self-confessed beginner, whose enthusiasm more than makes up for his relative inexperience, as you can see here.