Take a look inside Earthship, a sustainable and self-contained green building in Taos, New Mexico and check out exclusive behind the scenes photos of our latest collection, Out Of The Blue.
One of the biggest factors in planning a shoot is finding a location that complements the story and clothing. For the Out of the Blue homepage we knew New Mexico would be the perfect backdrop; from white sands, to endless shades of green fields, red earth and deep blue skies, this state has so much to offer us.
We flew into Albuquerque and drove three hours north into the city of Taos. As we arrived the day slowly turned to night. The elevation was so high, I could almost feel the stars and moon beneath my fingertips. We breathed in the fresh crisp air and goodness.
We stayed and shot in a community called, The Greater World, just 10 minutes northwest of the main town. A place where folks come together with a common goal of creating, learning and spreading the practice of Earthship Biotecture, described by founder Michael Reynolds as “radically sustainable green building”. The concept uses both natural and recycled materials such as cans, bottles and used tires. “Earthships are self-contained systems based on the six design principles.”
The Greater World is also home to the Earthship Biotecture Academy which offers five sessions per year for a 4-5 week period and gives students an “extensive training in Earthship design principles, construction methods and philosophy. Academy classes, labs, tours and hands-on construction techniques are led by Michael Reynolds and a staff of Earthship builders, electricians, plumbers, plant specialists and educators.”
This movement hopes to educate and empower the next generation to modify their lifestyles and start to solve issues of the present so they may “live in harmony with their environment.” In addition to the work being done in Taos, they’ve implanted Earthships throughout the U.S and have also assisted in global relief in places such as the Haiti, Philippines, India, and Malawi.
Thank you to The Greater World team for enlightening us with your practices and sharing a space for us to capture the beautiful Taos terrain.
Photos and words by Tina Deleon