Indelible Memory by Arla M. Ruggles

Portrait from the photograph of an Apache girl on display in the museum (c.1898 – public domain); the background image is my photograph of Pecos Pueblo National HIstorical Park ruins. New Mexico, USA

I kept going back to look at her, trying to capture that haunted, captive look behind the glass … eventually, I came to this composite.

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Indelible Memory

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Inspired by the works of two exceptionally gifted artists:
Antanas and Mary Ann Reilly

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Photo of the original portrait, taken 1898.
The photo is mounted on a wall, behind glass.

Background image: Pecos Pueblo ruins


Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersover 5 years ago

    you did an amazing job of capturing the spirit of this girl…..i feel her…..beautifully done, arla… me goosebumps….

  • Thanks very much, Jan —

    Of course, it was the ORIGINAL photographer who captured the spirit of the subject. I think I am just trying to give her a sense of place; or …. to let her “walk” free on the mesa that was her home again, rather than being forever pinned inside a display case ….. or something like that.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 5 years ago

    excellent composite…very emotive…great work Arla

  • Thanks very much, Richard!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Bezay
    Bezayover 5 years ago

    Most excellent, truly captured the essence of haunting and further more I might add

  • Aw … Thank you SO MUCH, Desert Spirit!

    Do you realize that I have had more images featured in New Mexico the past two weeks, than in ALL the time I have been a member of “Nevada” (almost a year). I guess it’s true, what they say ……

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayover 5 years ago

    This is wonderful, Arla. A spirit painting.

  • Thank you very much, Donna!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • CailliauArt
    CailliauArtover 5 years ago

    A masterpiece Arla, beautifully done…

  • Thank you, Joan – I greatly appreciate your compliment!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Anne  McGinn
    Anne McGinnover 5 years ago

    you have created a powerful masterpiece – i so respect your care for our natural world and the native americans who once populated it before we came and took it away from them and erased them. mary ann and antanas will surely be proud when they see this, arla. I know I was….. xoxoxo

  • Thank you … Anne … your comments are always most gratefully welcome. Greatly appreciated!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • crackedpot
    crackedpotover 5 years ago

    This is a very special work of art, your integrity is obvious. Well done.

  • Thank you so VERY much, crackedpot!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Clare McClelland
    Clare McClellandover 5 years ago

    very touchingly done, beautiful

  • Thank you, Clare!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your very well deserved feature Arla, this is fabulous!

  • Thanks so much, Enivea!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • dove99
    dove99over 5 years ago
    Congratulations on your feature,it’s a truly wonderful image! It’s about time you were recognized! (o:
  • Aw – thank you, DiDi!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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