The influence of the Catholic church is very clear in New Mexico. The oldest church in the continental US is San Miguel Mission which was built in 1626. I my recent trip to New Mexico with Arizona Highways Photo Scapes we had the opportunity to photograph several churches. I chose to present them in black and white to emphasize the building textures and their unique lines. All these churches were hand built and the stucco walls are repaired frequently. One can easily see the imperfect finish which gives these buildings a sense of being more than a structure. The buildings are "alive".