If you love wilderness, you need to Celebrate Your Wild Side – Sign Up Today for Our Wild NC Celebration!
This is going to be a great weekend of hikes, special events, and good times. The Celebration will be at Morrow Mountain State Park (just an hour drive from Charlotte, a little beyond Albemarle) on Friday and Saturday, September 26th and 27th. Come for the day or make a weekend of it. Camping is available!
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Capturing the Wilderness: An Interview with Peter Essick
For Peter Essick, a world-renowned nature photographer, capturing the Ansel Adams Wilderness area meant long spans of solitary days in the high Sierras — and all the beauty and adventure that entails.
Some of the winter shots required the most daring he’s ever needed in his 25-year career, including one memorable past snap of a radioactive alligator from a project on nuclear waste. Digging his own snow cave and trying not to suffocate during a four-day blizzard was worth it to Essick, who in his new book, The Ansel Adams Wilderness, celebrates Adams’ work.
Ansel Adams changed the face of nature photography and shaped America’s relationship with our landscapes, and also influenced Essick himself when he was a burgeoning young photographer. Inspired to do the project by a reprint of one of Adams’ early books, Essick discusses the experience with Sierra: reliving an earlier era of photography and bringing us all back to a simpler time.
Sierra magazine: What was it like for you, spending extended periods of time in the wilderness?
Peter Essick: After the first few days you forget about the office. At these higher elevations, above the tree line, it’s sort of like a lunar landscape, a different world. That’s when you can really start to feel a connection to the earth and the landscape, after those first few days, when you get away from all the emails and cell phones. It helps your photography too. You start to focus on trying to capture your feelings about the place, you feel more in tune and more responsive to the landscape.
The photo above is an example of the black and white photography inspired by Ansel Adams. It is not the work of Peter Essick. To view his amazing photograpahy, click through to our interview.
Reclaiming Wilderness: Wilderness is where we come from, and we are adapted through evolution to the rigors and beauties of such landscape. It’s time for those of us who know wilderness, and who understand the idea of it, to wrest that idea back from its hijackers.
Why Wilderness: It’s crucial to expose all American–including low-income urbanites and people of color–to the country’s wildest places.
Resuscitating the Wilderness: Indonesian doctors show that stethoscopes might be the best defense against chainsaws.