Large Animal with Long, Undulating Tail
2021
18.5" x 28"
Framed: 31" x 41"
Photography, Archival ink on Epson exhibition fiber paper
#1 of 10
signed, titled and dated front
signed, titled, dated and numbered verso
Sweeping across a large cliff face in southern Utah, a large animal with a long undulating tail moves to the left. Above it, a long line of tiny human figures, some with ritual paraphenalia, emerges from a crack near the center of the photograph. Three figures with crooked staffs are visible in the procession. The procession continues beyond this phoot to a large circle, seemingly a ceremonial destination. The light spots on the the large animal's head, base of tail, heart and feet are places from which the sandstone has been recently removed by historic tribes in the region. This material, sanctified by its origins in selected locations within the figure, has powers perceived as useful today in the hands of religious practitioners.

About the Artist
(1947)
William Frej is an award-winning photographer and author who began his professional life as an architect. He later served for almost thirty years as a diplomat, living and working in Indonesia, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan. He also has traveled extensively in the mountain regions of Nepal, India, Pakistan and in Central Asia, as well as throughout Mexico and Guatemala.

Since 1970, always with his camera at his side, he has photographed Indigenous people and their environments. Bill has produced four fine art photography books since 2020: Maya Ruins Revisited: In the Footsteps of Teobert Maler, Seasons of Ceremonies: Rites and Rituals in Guatemala and Mexico, Travels Across The Roof of the World: A Himalayan Memoir, and now Blurred Boundaries: Perspectives on Rock Art of the Greater Southwest.

His books have won more than forty awards including eight “photography book of the year” awards and a Silver Medal for Travel Books from the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition in 2023.

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