Single episodes of the award-winning public television show Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge are now available for download on The Luminous Landscape. Unlike the DVDs, these downloadable episodes are in HD so you can pick and choose your favorite shows and locations. Head over to Luminous Landscape to purchase and download the first two seasons.
Following the commercial shoot in Napa, Jay Goodrich & I headed to the ghost town of Bodie, a State Historic Park north of Yosemite National Park. An old gold-mining town that was abandoned by its last residents over 50 years ago, it offers terrific photographic opportunities of “arrested decay.”
The open road of the Eastern Sierra beckoned after a quick stop in Yosemite, and we caught Owens Lake at sunset. Most of the water from the Owens River has long since been diverted to the Los Angeles Aqueduct, but some flow has now been restored to the lake. At dusk when the shallow, alkaline waters are still, the reflections of landforms and the endless high plains sky are superlative.
Back in the Bay Area we rented a small plane and flew over the San Francisco Bay. Over 90% of the Bay’s marshlands have been lost, but now some areas are slowly being restored for wildlife habitat. From the sky, the marshes offer amazing array of abstract geometric patterns and colors.
Art was just in Patzcuaro, Mexico, photographing the Day of the Dead festival. During this holiday families gather for prayer and remembrance of departed family members. They clean and decorate cemeteries and churches, and celebrate life. Here is what Art had to say about the experience-
“Most Americans don’t deal with death in a straight forward manner. As a culture we tend to make it a subject of much avoidance. When I was asked to shoot the Dia de los Muertos in southwestern Mexico earlier this month, I approached it with great interest and naivete. As I photographed in the days leading up to the holiday, I began to understand just how important it is, even more so than Christmas. I was deeply moved by the way the community prepared for the Day of the Dead, vigorously cleaning churchyards and decorating cemeteries in colorful blankets of flowers, glowing candles, and overflowing baskets of food. The holiday is not sad, but rather a celebration of life and love and family. What I initially thought would be somber was, in fact, hugely uplifting and illuminating, both spiritually and photographically.”
Art Wolfe was presented with the Progress Medal Award at the Photographic Society of America (PSA) International Conference Honors Banquet in Charleston, SC. The Progress Medal, the Photographic Society of America’s highest honor, is awarded in recognition of a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the progress of photography or an allied subject.
The Photographic Society of America is honored to recognize Art Wolfe with the Progress Medal for his outstanding contribution to photography and the environment.
Recently, I went with a couple friends out to Washington’s Palouse region. It is an expansive landscape, full of sagelands, empty roads, and wheatfields—industrial agriculture at its most beautiful.
We decided to explore an old abandoned homestead, and were rewarded with a spectacular display of light and shadow in the attic. I try to look at the world with open eyes because you never know what you may find that has the potential to create an interesting photograph.
Support the Seattle Children’s Hospital tomorrow night (Nov 5th) by attending the performance of the Primal Symphony at Benaroya Hall.
Art has donated two limited edition prints and full sets of Travels to the Edge DVDs for the Seattle Symphony Guild’s silent auction taking place before the performance. Art has also donated the use of over 60 stunning images that will be projected during the Symphony.
The Symphony Guild is dedicated to enriching the quality of children’s lives in the Northwest and primarily raises funds through an annual benefit concert, composed by Mateo Messina, with proceeds benefiting uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Silent Auction starts at 6:30pm and the performance starts at 8pm.