Harold Joe Waldrum’s paintings of New Mexican adobe churches and moradas are now considered his signature pieces. Taking what he had learned from the Window series, he added the dynamic of organic form and structure to his work. He mostly kept to the square format of the Polaroid studies, giving the churches a monumental feel.
At the time, many of the structures Waldrum photographed for his work (over 275) were in a state of collapse. Some dated back to the 17th century and needed much renovation. He founded the El Valle Foundation (named for the church that was razed in September of 1985) to raise consciousness, and funds, for the most endangered.