Las Cruces Magazine

Fall/Winter 2015-16

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18 I lascrucesmagazine.com "It is born, slowly rising, softly washing, passing through the canyons, gently touching, warming, reflecting deep in my soul, I take it I stop time The light never lies" —Wayne Suggs from The Light Never Lies For many, post-day job activities mean kicking back in front of the TV and perhaps cleaning the kitchen after dinner. For Wayne and Kiki Suggs, the end of their workdays at Classic New Mexico Homes, the custom building company they've owned since 2005, cues their All images courtesy Wayne and Kiki Suggs Our People Written by Ashley M. Biggers Capture it, he has. With images such as Old Rock Ranch House Under Stars, Camping Under Milky Way and Massacre Peak, and Mourning the Dead, Wayne earned the grand prize in the latest New Mexico Magazine photo contest, with his images appearing in the February 2015 issue. In his recently published book, The Light Never Lies, Wayne presents a collec- tion of photographs paired with poetry and musings about the landscape that inspires him. "The more you get into photography… the more you notice small things: the way the clouds are forming, the way the light hits the grass. Sometimes people don't notice [things like that.] When you take the photograph, people can see what you see. It puts the beauty in their eyes. A lot of people think the desert is a drab place, but there's so much color, so much life," he notes. Wayne considers himself lucky to live in Las Cruces, where the Organ Moun- tains, the Sierra de Las Uvas Mountains, the Doña Ana Mountains, and so many other beautiful places lie within quick Creativity Never Lies Capturing beauty through coaboration creative sides as Wayne pursues photography and Kiki paint- ing. Although their mediums remain distinct, each relies on the other for honest feedback and never considers a creation complete without the other weighing in. Following in his photographer mother's footsteps, Wayne picked up a camera at 14. Over the past 40 years (Wayne is now 54), the artist has taught himself prowess in the medium—and in his favored camera body, the Nikon D800E. "I'm not a technical guy at all. I had to force myself to be a technical guy. To be able to use the camera the best way possible, I had to know it inside and out," he explains. More than the technical side of pho- tography, Wayne enjoys experiencing na- ture—often with his dog, Giggs, alongside him as he focuses his lens. "I love being out there and capturing the beauty," he says.

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