Descent into Heaven

Ruth Hager's avatar Ruth Hager

My first views of Antelope Canyon were the stunning photography by David Lubbers at the Grand Rapids Art Museum during GR Festival of the Arts. When I finally walked through the actual Antelope Canyon, I found it even more amazing than those photographs. I entered this cavelike canyon through a small opening on the earth's surface, descended a ladder and gasped at the cathedral-like quality of this place where canyon walls are textured and sculpted by flash floods. While skylight is usually visible in most canyons, in Antelope Canyon, the light has to slip in through narrow openings and then paints a plethora of colors on the Navajo sandstone walls. I photographed those fleeting colors one fall morning. Out of these photos, I created a photo montage, mounting my photos on a frame I made using blue fabric to represent the water whose forces shape the canyon and the sky. All photographs were taken in Lower Antelope Canyon in Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park near Page, Arizona.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 0
  • Medium: Digital Photography
  • Width: 4
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 4