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Jeremy Kidd: From Paintbrush to Pixels

23 June 2010 Written by :  Adam Crawford
Published in : Landscape Photography

After establishing himself as a painter and sculptor, this Los Angeles artist has turned to the medium of photography to create his asymmetrical, multi-dimensional cityscapes.

It takes more than a single snapshot to appreciate the intricacies of a place. The artist Jeremy Kidd, who is perhaps better known in Los Angeles as a painter and sculptor, discovered this fact a few years ago when he decided to pick up a camera as a new artistic tool.

His inspiration was, of all things, a Sylvia Plath poem. Eve Wood, a curator for the Cirrus Gallery, one of the most prestigious galleries in Los Angeles, asked Kidd to read Plath’s poem “Ariel” and create a piece for the gallery. He was traveling in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., when he saw a...

Daniel Beltrá: A Meaningful Life

18 June 2010 Written by :  Hermon Joyner
Published in : Landscape Photography

The landscapes of Spanish-born photographer Daniel Beltrá help convey the urgent need for environmental conservation in the world’s most ecologically sensitive regions. If you talk to someone as deeply enmeshed in environmental conservation issues as Seattle-based photographer Daniel Beltrá and ask something like “Does global warming exist?”, you might expect an angry, exasperated response. But you’d probably be surprised...

Eddie Soloway: Capturing Magic Moments

15 August 2008 Written by :  P.J. Heller
Published in : Landscape Photography

"I will always work on those classic landscapes," Soloway says. "But what really drives me is this search for how I can show the essence of different natural communities in a way that really cuts to the heart of what they're about."

Soloway's goal is to get away from shooting an overall location and concentrate on getting to the essence of the scene.

"I'm thinking less about the particular "here is the place' and thinking much more about what it's like to sit in a dark summer hardwood forest, what it's like to be in the forest at night in a windy storm, and trying to come in and capture...

Peter B. Kaplan: Top of the World

12 July 2008 Written by :  Randy Woods
Published in : Landscape Photography

Lofty recollections from the inventor of "height photography."

Situated 746 feet above the waters of San Francisco Bay on May 24, 1987, photographer Peter B. Kaplan was fulfilling his lifelong dream of capturing majestic images from atop one of the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.

At the same time, however, he thought he was about to get a bird's-eye view of one of the world's greatest catastrophes.

The event was the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1.7-mile-long icon. Kaplan, who had practically invented an entire genre of photography shooting images from tall structures, which he termed "height photography" recently had been named the official photographer of the Golden Gate Bridge...

John Fielder: Head for the Mountains

07 June 2008 Written by :  Eric Rudolph
Published in : Landscape Photography

John Fielder's background in retail has helped him build a successful niche in high-quality local-interest calendars and books that show off his beloved Rocky Mountains.

It's one thing to take a photograph," says nature expert John Fielder, "but it is another thing, entirely, to sell it."

Colorado specialist Fielder excels at both of these difficult challenges. He's a seasoned and hardworking large-format nature and landscape photographer who runs a multifaceted business selling his work....

Dr. Rob Kurtzman: Photography as a Second Career

23 March 2008 Written by :  Marilyn Morgan
Published in : Landscape Photography

A look at a professional who reached the top of his industry before switching gears to lead a new life behind a camera lens.

Rob Kurtzman, a forensic pathologist living in Grand Junction, Colo., has been practicing for more than 20 years. But in college, "it was tough deciding between photography or going to medical school," he says.

He was introduced to photography by his cousin, and received his first camera when he was 8 years old. "It was a Kodak Hawkeye, and it used 127 rollfilm," Kurtzman remembers. "I developed my first roll of film in our basement at home using an FR developing kit. It came with a daylight developing tank, three 5x7 developing trays, a contact print box, a few chemicals, a safelight and some paper tongs for the trays. I was hooked.

From then on, it seemed that I always had a camera...

Bill Atkinson: Photography as a Second Career

02 March 2008 Written by :  Marilyn Morgan
Published in : Landscape Photography

A look at a professional who reached the top of his industry before switching gears to lead a new life behind a camera lens.

One of the most successful examples of the dual-career trend is Bill Atkinson, a businessman and photographer.

"When I was 10 years old, my mother gave me a subscription to Arizona Highways magazine," Atkinson recalls. "I cut out several nature photographs and displayed them on my bedroom walls. I found that each day I viewed them, I felt nourished and inspired."

Those photographs inspired a lifelong passion for photography, even though Atkinson has had an illustrious business career.

He was one of the architects of many of Apple Computer's early software products. During the 1980s, he was the main designer for the Lisa computer, which preceded the Macintosh, and he wrote the MacPaint and QuickDraw graphics primitives on which every Macintosh system was built...

Galen Rowell: A Legacy of Adventure

16 September 2006 Written by :  Maileen Hamto
Published in : Landscape Photography

Mountain Light and the Sierra Club honor the memory of the legendary photographer with a 287-page retrospective book.

For many armchair explorers around the world, Galen Rowell has provided a unique and unadulterated glimpse of Alaska, Tibet, Yosemite, Patagonia and many other places in between. No other photographer in the last century has been as prolific and proficient in documenting his expeditions, often in some of the most inaccessible and inhospitable environments in the world.

Rowell collaborated with the Sierra Club and National Geographic on projects that took him from the peaks of the Himalayas to the wild seas surrounding Antarctica. Through his awe-inspiring photography and prose, he single-handedly raised...

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