Chimineas, also spelled, chimeneas, are open fire garden heaters. It is believed that Mexican tribesmen developed chimeneas hundreds if not thousands of years ago as a means of providing heat and as a vessel for cooking and baking. The original chiminea was designed to keep the rain off the fire and the family warm using merely a couple of sticks.
I created this abstract image while seeing an assortment of chimineas and other large clay, terra cotta, and ceramic vases and pots in a store in Nuevo Progresso, Mexico.
I guess I've had an off-and-on love affair with photography my whole life. My father was always taking pictures and movies when I was a kid growing up on Long Island, NY in the 1950s-60s, and he gave me my own Kodak Brownie camera when I was around 6 years old. I remember using it to take pictures of family events and a trip to Washington DC, back in 1958. I still have some of the pictures ....... somewhere.
Photography moved to the back burner during high school, college, and law school, but I picked it up again after I graduated law school in 1979, moved to Washington DC, and began my legal career with the federal government. Being alone in a new city, I would take my camera wherever I went, and I was soon making my own prints in...
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