thawing out from road trip » Near Prairie Creek Redwood National Park

2 Responses to “Near Prairie Creek Redwood National Park”

  1. 1 sam abell
    January 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm


    Wow! You and the Rick Man had a great trip! I’m envious. Yes, you had photographer’s ‘luck’, but you made the most of it.

    First I want to say something about how special your images are from the Barbier horse farm. We know of your affinity, both personally and photographically, for these horses and of your already extensive and accomplished body of work on this subject. But these two new images–of Ultraje and Voyeur–belong in the very top echelon of that body of work. Seriously, is it too late to get them into your book? I hope that you can, at least, get them into later editions of the book. Or maybe it is the beginning of a new set of horse photographs that can be the basis of a new book. And, of course, they can be paired with other subjects (as they are on your blog page) to create another, larger experience for viewers. It must be nice to generate images that are so accomplished they can be seen in many different spaces. Tres bien!

    I also like the image titled ‘Frosted Trees’. I like it for itself but also because of the way it fits with the other images you have of trees where there is a degree of creative camera motion. In the best of these there is a literal enough sense of the trees combined with an impressionistic feel for the forest’s motion. It’s about hitting that blend of fact and feeling just right. You now have several images that walk this elusive line just right.

    And finally I have to say something about the elk photograph. What a setting. The frosted field and the morning light are so desirable! You and Rick must have been doing high fives! But it is the portrait of the elk that stays in my mind. By catching the elk looking back at you (and by dropping down so that the elk’s head is above the horizon line) you have made a truly involving image. Setting? Check. Gesture? Check. Expression? Check. Great image? Check!

    Over and out for now…


    • January 3, 2010 at 11:47 am

      Hello Sam,
      Many thanks for checking in with the blog. I wish you could have joined us. The scene at the Fred Meyer with the dune behind would have excited you. I’m tickled you like the Elk photo. I couldn’t get Rick excited about it, but I was thrilled! I know….I’m not a wildlife photographer, but this was just a glorious experience for me. After all, isn’t that what we remember…what gives life, even in a small personal way, to a photograph?

      I think you are right about the horse images creating the beginning of a new book. If I can do the same caliber of work in Brazil in February, I’ll be off to a good start.

      Looking forward to the opening of the exhibit….and it’s impact on the dialogue of authentic photography in the wild.


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