Last fall four of us made our (almost) annual trek to Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra. Since we typically make the trip in the autumn the timing seems to usually coincide with someone’s birthday. This year it was my turn.
We spent three days in DV before finishing the week in Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills. As always, we spent the transition day’s lunch at Panamint Springs, enjoying a long, leisurely couple of hours soaking up the sun, watching the air show (compliments of China Lake), and indulging in Birthday Pie.
Four great days in the Hills, great shooting and good food, and it was time to head home.
To Beamie Young, Bill Earle and Marc Nathanson, three of the best friends one could ask for, thanks for a great week! And to Erica Jay, whom we got to introduce to this very special part of the American West, and Evie Voutsina, who made the drive from LA, having the two of you there made the week perfect.
Over the years I have shown many images of the Alabama Hills and the Eastern Sierras, usually from the viewpoint of being in the Hills. In the image above we’re further back, and the true magnitude of the Sierras is evident. From where the camera is located it is 2 1/2 miles to Lone Pine (the row of trees and buildings just beyond the desert ground cover), 4-5 miles to the Alabama Hills and 12-14 miles to the mountain peaks. For those interested, we’re looking at 10,000 ft of verticle mountain (LP elevation 3700′, peaks from 12-14,500′)
We spent last weekend and a few days this week in the Hudson Valley doing all the tourist things. Gallery hopping, antiquing, hitting the wineries and eating far too much. Did a quick side trip to Woodstock for a visit with old friend Bernard Gerson of Galerie BMG and a stop at SUNY Ulster for the Kahn & Selsnick show.
What I didn’t realize, until chatting with some locals at lunch in Rhinebeck, was Frank Gehry had designed the Fisher Center at Bard College, just up the road. The next morning we were off to Bard.
I’ve visited Gehry buildings in urban settings, and subconsciously when I think Gehry, I envision large, urban structures. What I found was anything but. With it’s undulating surfaces reflecting the sky and surrounding Bard campus, the intimate Fisher Center melds perfectly in its wooded setting, continually presenting unique experiences whether performing or participating as an audience member.
Whenever shooting in California I look forward to meeting up with good friend Evie. Once again, she ventured from LA to spend a few days with us, in the Hills and elsewhere in the Owen’s Valley this trip.
Just returned from the Alabama Hills and Eastern Sierras with good friends Bill Earle, Beamie Young, Marc Nathenson and Evie Crocker. You are probably tired of our trips to the Alabama Hills, but it is one place you can visit and never tire. We did explore more of the Owens Valley this time, from Horseshoe Meadow to the Bristlecone Pines and many of the valleys in between.
For an added treat this trip, we joined local resident Laura Campbell, photographer & publisher of Looking Glass Magazine, for an afternoon of shooting on Owens Lake. If you’re unaware, Owens Lake is a “dry lake”, drained by the city of Los Angeles 100 years ago and a point of contention ever since. Images coming soon.
Now that the SE Center is open, the BW show is up and Narrative Portraits with the juror (Nicholas Kahn), I had a few minutes to revisit files before we head off to the Sierras tomorrow with the usual suspects.