Bay Area Wild

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Tilden Regional Park Sunset, Berkeley Hills, California

Tilden Regional Park Sunset, Berkeley Hills, California

One of the books that inspired me to pursue the photography that I do was Galen Rowell’s, “Bay Area Wild“. As a lifelong Bay Area resident, Rowell created this Sierra Club book to highlight the wild areas within the Bay Area with a strong message of conservation. Having been exposed to this book early in my development as a photographer, I’ve always adopted a “shoot local” philosophy for my own photography no matter where I’ve lived because there is landscape photography to be found anywhere if you look hard enough, and hopefully the photos inspire people to take pride in their local wild landscapes so they aren’t overrun by corporate interests or ruined by trash. Use your voice and ballot box to be heard.

See more of my environmental pictures.


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2 thoughts

  1. I couldn’t agree more about a local focus versus a global focus. To me jet setting around the world to the scenic icons is just an ego exercise saying, “I can do it too,” or worse, “I can do it better.” If travel photography is your line, I don’t have anything against that per se. What I object to is that landscape photography is turning into travel photography or some hybrid of the two. I feel this is a direction that stifles creativity.

  2. Interesting thougts, David. I think there are a couple of factors, most people that like landscape photography are probably interested in travel as well. Then there is also a large percentage that just likes taking postcard photo ops, as opposed to a nature lover who happens choose photography as their artistic medium. I think I’m somewhere in the middle.

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