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World Water Day: Remembering the art and spirit of Rachel Carson

It’s a dark, moody day here in Oregon. The rain, though, as gloomy as it feels on the second full day of spring, is a good thing. Drought stalks us. Climate change is upon us. Forecasters are already predicting another terrible fire season across the American West this summer. As if the world doesn’t already feel anxious enough….. At a recent National Geographic LIVE! event in Portland, photojournalist and conservationist Ami Vitale, who I met…

If the stars should appear

“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson On Thanksgiving night last November, I sat for hours in a Wisconsin farm field practicing night photography. The conditions weren’t optimal. Although…

Where travel and wonder meet

For me, one of the most fantastic aspects of travel and new cultural experience is that it stimulates a sense of wonder about the world. It’s like a treasure hunt for hidden histories — and mysteries. Everything from the smell of foreign spices in a Mexico City market to peeking through a rusting keyhole into a crumbling courtyard in Venice feels thrilling — and makes me want to learn more. Where does that corridor lead?…

Too Close to Home: Flames Licking at our Heels

The air is so thick with smoke in Portland, Oregon USA from wildfires burning all around us this summer, that I can feel it in my eyes and throat. A light dusting of ash is visible on lawn furniture and cars. A couple of days ago, one of our most beautiful gems, the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, erupted into a human-caused inferno. The blaze is now more than 20,000 acres and has merged with…

Spring: Jamie Scott’s Masterpiece

From Petapixel today, the incredible story of filmmaker Jamie Scott’s timelapse wonder, Spring. Watch and be amazed. Read about how he put it all together over three years here: https://petapixel.com/2017/05/09/incredible-flower-timelapse-took-3-years-8tb-photos-create/ ArtartistCentral ParkFilmmakerFlowersinnovationInspirationJamie ScottnatureNew YorkNYCPetapixelscienceSpring

Our Own Brutal Use of the Land

In “American Landscapes,” a published collection of photographs from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (1981), John Szarkowski writes about wilderness, wildness, public treasures and our human treading upon them. He also writes about what it means to photograph a landscape, to contemplate our apprehension of the “difference between our special human concerns and the earth’s own compulsions.” “We have been half persuaded by Thoreau and by the evidence of our own brutal…

Capture of the Day: Seby Scollo

Italian photographer, adventurer and conservationist Seby Scollo loves the beauty and magnificence of “Pianeta Terra” as much as I do. He lives in Catania, Italy (east coast of Sicily) where his Mt. Etna is like my Mt. St. Helens (though much more active lately) & recently captured amazing shots of an eruption. I met him in person while traveling with photographer Luca Bracali to Rome and certainly hope to catch up with him again somewhere in…

Photographer Profile: Luca Bracali

FujiLove Magazine recently published an article I wrote on renowned Italian photojournalist, explorer and conservationist Luca Bracali. Over the past year, I’ve traveled the world interviewing amazing artists like Luca who are dedicated to making a difference in the world. For them, being an accomplished practitioner & commercially and/or artistically successful isn’t enough. The common denominators between them are passion and a strong desire to use their talents and skills for the greater good. Here…