Going Coastal

As a landscape and nature photographer, there are few experiences that compare to walking out on the beach in the dawn’s faint light, examining the sky, the clouds, the mood of the surf, and anticipating what the next hour might bring. What is it, exactly, that unceasingly beckons the photographer back to the edge of terra firma time after time? Is it some visceral, primal urge to “go back from whence we came,” as John F. Kennedy once speculated about the kinship of human beings and the sea? Or is the seemingly boundless ocean a visual metaphor for the infinite photo possibilities offered the photographer? […]

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5 Reasons to Love Iceland in Winter

Iceland is a four-season photographic destination. As I wrote in a 2013 Popular Photography feature article, the country has often been mistakenly characterized in the past as cold, barren, and probably hostile to visitors. And with a name like Iceland, one can be forgiven for thinking of this small, northern Atlantic island country in this way. But with tourism on the rise, the perception is changing. It would be harder to find a more comfortable, less barren, and more welcoming country than Iceland anywhere on the planet. It’s also beautiful beyond words, which happens to be a boon to those of us who make a living […]

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Vignettes: Galápagos 2016

Here are just a few images from last month’s photography trip to the incomparable Galápagos Islands. I am currently on my way to Iceland so I won’t expand beyond the basic captions below each photo. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this amazing place, don’t put it off or pass it by. It truly is one of nature’s greatest bucket list destinations. In case you missed it, see the 20 Days of the Galapagos on my Instagram account. Galápagos flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris), Floreana Island, Galápagos Archipelago, Ecuador Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) at Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island, Galápagos Archipelago, Ecuador Ecuador Volcano in warm […]

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MindShift’s New Ultralight Camera Backpacks

My friends at MindShift Gear just released what might be the three lightest weight outdoor photography backpacks ever.  (The new UltraLight Single 16L backpack weighs in at a slim 1.9 pounds, including the rain cover!)  The UltraLight Sprint 16L, UltraLight Dual 25L, and UltraLight Dual 36L side-panel designs allow quick access to cameras, lenses, and accessories without first having to take off the bag. The backpacks also offer generous space for personal belongings, zippered storage, a hydration reservoir and electronics. Additional features include an integrated tripod mounting system and highly breathable shoulder straps. The UltraLight Dual 25L and UltraLight Dual 36L also include a removable camera compartment and shoulder strap that can be worn separately […]

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2015 in Retrospect

It’s that time of year again to reflect on the year that was as a photographer: the lucky breaks, the missed opportunities, the long stretches of pulverizing boredom, the fleeting moments of ephemeral magic. That’s 2015, which is a pretty standard example of most years as a wildlife, travel, and nature photographer. Looking over the choices of my personal favorites, I was somewhat surprised to see no verticals. I hope that’s not a trend and maybe it’s something to conciously consider as the calendar turns over to 2016. Aside from that, there are some very pleasant memories represented in these images. Good times. Good year. […]

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Mona Kuhn, AD 6309

Mona Kuhn AD 6309, Joshua Tree, California, 2013/2014 (winter) Website – MonaKuhn.com Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale, dream-like photographs of nudes. Her work often reference classical themes with a light and insightful touch. Kuhn’s approach to her photography is unusual in that she usually develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable naturalness and intimacy, and creating the effect of people naked but comfortable in their own skin. Kuhn was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1969, of German descent. She received her BA from The Ohio State University, before furthering her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute […]

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Abelardo Morell, Camera Obscura: Early Morning View of the East Side of Midtown Manhattan

Abelardo Morell Camera Obscura: Early Morning View of the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, , 2014 Website – AbelardoMorell.net Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. Morell received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Bowdoin College and an MFA from The Yale University School of Art in 1981. In 1997 he received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College. His publications include a photographic illustration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1998) by Dutton Children’s Books, A Camera in a Room (1995) by Smithsonian Press, A Book of Books (2002) and Camera Obscura (2004) […]

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David Wolf, Oranges and Stones

David Wolf Oranges and Stones, , 2012 Website – DavidWolfPhotographs.com David Wolf is a devoted film photographer, making both color and black and white prints by hand in the traditional darkroom. His work has been exhibited internationally at such venues as Aperture, The Griffin Museum of Photography, the Photographic Center Northwest, the Lishui International Photography Festival in China, and the Salon de la Photo during Paris Photo. David’s photographs have been acquired by a variety of private and institutional collections, including the Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris; the Prentice and Paul Sack Photographic Trust of the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; the Santa Barbara […]

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Jesse Chehak, Near Big Water

Jesse Chehak Near Big Water, Utah, 2010 Website – JesseChehak.com Born in Tarzana, California, Jesse Chehak studied photography and Art History at Sarah Lawrence College and is currently pursuing a MFA at the University of Arizona. Chehak has exhibited his large format prints in galleries and project spaces including Bruce Silverstein (New York), Danese (New York) and the Durham Art Guild (Durham, North Carolina.) He is currently seeking funding to publish his first monograph, Fool's Gold, and a gallery to exhibit and distribute the completed print edition. In 2005, Chehak joined M.A.P. and began executing commercial campaigns and editorial features for clients, including The New […]

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Rob Ball, Untitled

Rob Ball Untitled, Margate, England, 2014 From the Dreamland series Website – RobBall.co.uk Rob Ball is a British photographer and academic working on self-initiated projects and commissions. His work has been shown at numerous institutions and festivals including The National Portrait Gallery, Ways of Looking Festival, Format Festival and Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham. Interested in areas including materiality, process, landscape and the archive, Rob produces a variety of outputs including the publications Unremarkable Stories and Beyond the View (2014). Rob is Deputy Director of The South East Archive of Seaside Photography (SEAS).

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