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walking in the light: a life in photography

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Earthquakes and photographs

On my long driving trip to Winnemucca, I had lots of time to think, and not surprisingly the recent earthquakes around the world weighed on my mind. One of the most surprising facts about the Chilean quake was that it was so massive that geologists say that it caused the earth to spin differently--enough so to make our days a nano-second shorter. Talk about power.
This thought came back to me as I was sitting in a workshop session looking at the wonderful and powerful images of Jodi Cobb, most of whose work has appeared in National Geographic. The impact of her photos caused me to realize that a great photographer can make the world actually stop. Like the impact of an earthquake, a photo that is perfect and clear and revealing of life can make the world frozen for all to see. Complexity is illuminated when the earth can stand still for 1/250th of a second or whatever shutter speed Jodi Cobb or any of us might be using. In her work I saw what I have alluded to before--A Moment's Monument.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shooting the West

I just got back from 10 days in Winnemucca, Nevada at a photo workshop called Shooting the West. It was an interesting experience, and I met some nice photographers from the area. One, John Hill of Reno, is pursuing the publishing of his dad's experience selling and installing motorized windmills in the 30s and 40s. I thought it was a great idea, especially in light of the rekindled interest in wind energy today. Saw lots of turbines in western Nebraska and throughout Wyoming.
Also met Bill Bundrock from Winnemucca via Libby, Montana. Bill worked the Libby mines for 18 years and now is wanting to write his memoirs of his experiences. Again, I think this is a worthwhile story to tell. The workshop had several sessions that might open the door to both John and Bill's ideas. Hope so, anyway.
I will relate more about my workshop experience, but wanted to share a couple of images from my six days on the road driving out there and back. My worst experiences were on snow-covered I-80 in Nevada. I have never gone 30 miles an hour on an interstate highway before. The images here are from quieter parts of the journey. One is Courthouse and Jail Rock from Nebraska and the other I call Wyoming Highway Art.