Arizona’s Verde Valley is the Grand Canyon State‘s sleeper region.
The area features picturesque high desert and mountain top beauty. Well known destinations–like Sedona–and relatively undiscovered small town gems like Cottonwood, Jerome, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, and Cornville. All of it is close to an hour from my home, and the journey to the Verde Valley from Anthem can take you (depending on the route) through additional charming communities like Dewey, Mayer, Prescott, and Prescott Valley. A lot of the attractions are colorful historic sites and buildings, along with the Verde Canyon Railroad and a burgeoning wine industry.
It’s a place where I frequently go for photoremedy, and it’s a great place to enjoy with friends and family. I’ve spent a couple of days in the Verde Valley this fall, and focused primarily on the delightfully grungy photo opportunities that exist in this most interesting region.
Photoremedy is primarily based on the role that photography has played in helping Greg attempt to combat ongoing chronic pain issues that stem from his degenerative cervical and lumbar spine challenges. It is designed to encourage others fighting chronic pain (and other illnesses) to consider pursuing the benefits associated with what is popularly known as art therapy. It’s important to note that many of the photos Greg takes and develops frequently blur the lines between traditional art and contemporary photography, much as art therapy often blurs the lines between traditional and alternative forms of medicine.
Once again, I’m in awe of your artistic talent. You truly have the ability to capture stories in your images!
I have had the pleasure of printing many of Greg’s images for him. He has an ability to capture an image that each viewer can become involved with and create in their mind a story to go with the image.
Doug Spurlock (StudioWestGallery.com)
Thanks, Doug and Kelley K. Not only do I enjoy the art of photography, but I’m always hoping to encourage others to pick up a camera and see what the they can creatively capture!