Ansel Adams – Landscape photography

February 20, birthday of Ansel Adams, master photographer, best known for his black and white landscape images of the American West, particularly the national parks and wilderness.  His striking images of the beauty of nature and the natural world reflected his advocacy for conservation of wilderness areas and concern for the environment.  The video shows a sample of his body of work, set to the music of Aaron Copland.

Raccoon Tracks and Fallen Leaf on Swamp Oil Creek

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Photograph taken in Zion National Park

“Swamp Oil is an iridescent film which forms over swamps and very shallow creekbeds.  It is caused by rotting plant material.  In the early morning light, this sheen just glowed.”  —Barbara Lee


How happy is the little stone

little stoneImage from “How Happy Is The Little Stone”


By Emily Dickinson

How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn’t care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears —
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity —

Project 562 and Matika Wilbur

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Matika Wilbur, a member of the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes, had a dream: to travel the country visiting and photographing people from every federally recognized tribe in the US.   Thus, Project 562 was born.  Her goal is to portray contemporary Indians,  to reveal the complex variety of the Indian presence, and to “build cultural bridges, abandon stereotypes, and renew and inspire our national legacy.”

The portraits reflect the self-image of the subject.  “I asked people to wear what they liked to wear,” she says.  “They posed where they wanted to pose.  I let them choose.”

The link below is a story from NBC News with more information on her ambitious project.

Her photographic work is currently showing at the Tacoma Art Museum.   The exhibit is Photographic Presence and Contemporary Indians: Matika Wilbur’s Project 562.


Prize winning photograph – Young monks in Myanmar

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This image was the grand prize winner in Smithsonian Magazine’s Photo Contest in 2010.  Over 4,500 photographs flooded in from all over the world—105 countries in all—to compete in five categories: Altered Images, Americana, The Natural World, People and Travel.  Ultimately, a panel of judges on the magazine staff chose 50 finalists, and of those, they selected five category winners and one grand prize winner while readers voted for their favorite image online.

To take the grand prize winning photograph, Kyaw Kyaw Winn didn’t have to go far.  He traveled from his home in Yangon to the countryside of old Bagan to capture an image of young Buddhist monks.  “You can see monks everywhere in Myanmar,” he told Smithsonian.  “I am Burmese and I like our traditional culture and want to share it with other people around the world.”

Body art in the Omo Valley of Africa

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Image by Hans Silvester

Tribes in the Omo Valley of Africa use natural body paint as well as leaves, branches, seedpods, fruit, seeds, horns, bones, and shells to adorn themselves and express their creativity.  Click on the link to go to Inspiration Green to view some incredible body art.