Photos by: ©Marilyn Angel Wynn/Nativestock.com
Once again, National Geographic is licensing the use of another image from the NativeStock Pictures image archives. The image is of a sacred landmark known as Corn Mountain located on the Zuni Indian Reservation in New Mexico. The scenic photograph will be featured this month in National Geographic's KIDS monthly magazine.
Photographer Marilyn Angel Wynn, who took the photo of Corn Mountain during a photo trip to the Southwest 3 years ago, is not new to NGS. Her images have graced many of their various publications in the past. "Back in the mid 90's I worked for a well known Idaho scenic photographer. National Geographic called our office looking for a photo of a backcountry Lewis and Clark Scenic Loop along the Lemhi Pass", Wynn said. "We didn't have any images from that location so the next morning I woke up at 2 AM and drove 125 miles to be there right at dawn". Well, her speculative drive and photo trip paid off with an awesome sunrise! Right at the time that the pre-dawn magic light started to illuminate the landscape, Wynn stopped her 4-wheel jeep to the side of a country highway. She jumped out with her camera and right where she had parked was a small herd of horses. The animals thought she had come to feed them so they came trotting up to the fence line. Right then she started shooting. Once the horses realized that she wasn't there to serve them their morning hay, they turned south and started galloping away. Click click click. The photo op ended as fast as it began. Only 3 shots were fired. Those were the days when professional photographers used E-6 slide film. Wynn waited 2 days before she could view what she'd captured. A tight edit of twenty shots taken during that special day were submitted. But it was the running horses that caught the eye of a NGS photo researcher . At that time, Wynn made documentary video programs so her knowledge in the technical part of photography was hit and miss. Fellow photographer and Wynn's mentor, Jack Williams, commented, "Angel is probably one of the few photographers that's ever been published by National Geographic who didn't know the difference between an aperture or shutter speed". Wynn immediately responds with a laugh, "Well I certainly do know the difference now!"
"When I was a kid, I'd visit my grandparents house and enjoyed thumbing through their subscriptions of yellow books, a fond term photographers call National Geographic's well known Magazine. Seeing these incredible photographs of exotic countries, cultures and history... it all came alive", said Wynn. "Back then I never thought that one day I would become one of their contributors. It's just an honor to have your work considered by this monumental magazine".
You can view more of Wynn's award winning photographs on Native American cultures by going to NativeStock's website.