April 27, 2017

There are so many things about Georgia O’Keefe that inspire me. When she moved from New York to New Mexico, her heartland, she taught herself to drive –– a rarity for women in 1929. I imagine her driving those open desert roads all alone in her Ford-Model-A, (nicknamed “Hello”) a couple of horse skulls and three canvases in the back. She used the car as a makeshift studio, folding down the seats and setting up her easel so as to avoid the harsh rays of the sun. ‘This afternoon, G. and I put on our bathing suits, connected the hose, and washed the Ford. Much shrieking with laughter and it came out shining like a new button,” wrote O’Keefe’s friend, Rebecca Strand to her husband back in New York. Here she is, in her mobile studio, shot by another great friend, Ansel Adams.


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