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Gallery Seventy Four: Lightchasers -- nature and landscape photographers at work



In the fall of 2009, I was part of a group of thirteen passionate nature and landscape photographers exploring the hinterlands of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. For four intensive days, we photographed in Monument Valley, Arches National Park, and Sedona, with many stops in between. Each of us brought our own vision to bear on what we encountered, yet we shared common ground in that all of us were “lightchasers.” For us, nature best revealed itself when the light was at its most expressive. I began this gallery using images from this Monument Valley trip. I have since added additional images of "Lightchasers" at work in other venues. In this gallery we see that photography is not simply a matter of traveling somewhere and pointing a camera at what we may find. If we are to make expressive photographs we must be willing and able to bring our emotions, imaginations, and personalities to bear on the subjects we may choose to photograph. And that is exactly what is happening here.

The Monument Valley trip was organized by pbase photographer Dave Wyman’s "Image Quest Photo Tours" ( http://www.davewyman.net/iqtours.html ). This particular tour was enhanced by the presence of the noted photographic gadfly Ken Rockwell, whose website ( http://www.kenrockwell.com/ ) regularly stirs controversy and provokes thought. Although Ken is considered by many to be an expert on exotic photographic gear, he and I both have long shared the conviction that cameras don’t make photographs. Photographers do. What we say with our images is more important than how we happen to make them. In this gallery, you will follow various travel photographers as they put not just their lenses, but also their souls, into their imagery.

I present this gallery, as usual, in "blog" style. A large thumbnail is displayed for each image, along with a caption explaining how I intended to express my ideas. If you click on the large thumbnail, you can see it in its full size, as well as leave comments and read the comments of others. I hope you will be able to participate in the dialogue. I welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and questions, and will be delighted to respond.