In the book, “The Living Wild”, Art wrote, “After all, an animal without habitat is simply a curiosity biding time to its extinction. But an animal with its habitat is a vibrant representation of natural selection.” It is within this book that Art highlights the environment and the wildlife in a symbiotic relationship and travels beyond the more common seen portrait of wildlife. There are many places throughout the world that highlight this type of diversity, but Americans need to travel no farther than the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. With the reintroduction of wolves in the 90s’, this 11 million acre reserve of land has become one of the most intact temperate ecosystems on the planet. If you count the bird, mammal, fish, insect, amphibian, plant and reptile species, you walk away with thousands of potential photography subjects. Due to the stunningly beautiful land surrounding the creatures, this place offers the opportunity to capture imagery very similar to the visions Art has created in “The Living Wild”. Moose, bear, antelope, elk and countless others can be composed with the backdrop of the Tetons at sunrise and sunset. If you are wondering how, now is your chance to learn.
It was the original. A saturated, low grain, super sharp, transparency film that changed the way photographers created. Kodak’s Kodachrome slide film put beautiful images on the covers of magazines like National Geographic, Audubon, and National Wildlife. It was the film that started the fine grain revolution that continued with films like Fujichrome Velvia. Kodachrome was a staple of many of the photographers, including Art, during the films days. Now when technology is getting the better of the past Kodak has discontinued Kodachrome. Photographer Steve McCurry has exposed the last roll of 36 exposures for a National Geographic story. In time, we all will get to see those final images. Here are a couple of Art’s images taken before he started shooting digital using Kodachrome from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The Saxton Gallery in Canton, Ohio will be hosting an exhibit of images from our Travels to the Edge television series beginning on July 2nd and Art will be speaking to open the event. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.ArtWolfe.Eventbrite.com. The gallery has also dedicated a page to the event on their site at www.JosephSaxton.com/ArtWolfe.