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Interview with Chuck Kimmerle



A portrait of photographer chuck kimkerleJack and John are pleased to welcome Chuck Kimmerle to our discussion.  Chuck is an amazing fine art black and white photographer with a unique and distinctive style honed from many years as a staff photographer for news papers.  Chuck recently transplanted to the Eastern Sierra area of California and is just starting to explore his new environment looking for unique and expressive images.

From Chucks Bio:A photograph by Chuck Kimmerle

I am a fine art photographer working primarily in black and white. My work does not always fit within the usual categories. The landscape moniker, while the most accurate, evokes unfair and incorrect expectations of mountain panoramas at sunset or vistas with foregrounds of colorful flowers. Neither occupy much space in my collection. Instead, my photographs are stark, simple, quiet, personal, and often contain artificial objects. They are unique.

I now devote myself full-time to photographing the landscape in my unique, personal style. I prefer to photograph in areas devoid of obvious grandeur or explicit beauty, even if surrounded by such splendor. These are the areas I often think of as the “in betweens.” I prefer prairies to mountains, and the high desert to the slot canyons. I am most at comfortable, and at my most creative, in areas which are reticent, quiet, and open. The areas in between.

Chucks  Website: https://www.chuckkimmerle.com

Lone Boat photograph by Chuck Kimmerle

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Alister Benn Out of Darkness



Jack and John are honored to welcome Alister Benn to the show.  Alister is regarded as one of the leaders in the landscape photography genre with his expressive and introspective work.  He comes to us today to talk about his new printed book, Out of Darkness. Here is how Alister describes the genesis of the book: “In January 2017 I travelled to one of the emptiest places on earth; The Gobi Desert in northern China. There, I underwent a complete creative epiphany, and over the following 6 expeditions into that region, began to rewrite the story of my life and gain understanding and perspective on my mental health. It is no understatement to say that my creativity has been the gateway to a more balanced and accepting life.“

Alisters Bio:

Scottish born Alister Benn is an award winning Landscape Photographer and founder of Expressive Photography Limited.

His passion for individual creativity and expression make him an enthusiastic instructor and someone who wants everyone to have the confidence to express their own unique voice.

“It is unfortunate that in these days of popularity and social media, that many of us have lost the pure basic reason why we started making landscape photographs in the first place – to be outside, engaging with nature.”

Alister is a strong advocate of engaging with the landscape in an organic way, unrestrained by conventions, rules or the pressure of external validation.

Images of Alister Benn book Out of Darkness

Preorder his book here:  https://expressive.photography/out-of-darkness-home/

Alisters Website:  https://alisterbenn.com

Expressive Photography Website:  https://expressive.photography

Outofdarkness Website:  https://outofdarkness.co.uk

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Guy Tal Interior Landscape



Jack & John welcome one of the most exciting and insightful creators, artist, photographer and writers today, Guy Tal.  Guy has produced an incredibly amazing body of work, both visually and written about photography and life.  Guy is one of the most vivid and introspective thinkers who has an innate ability to transfer his thoughts to the photograph or written page.

Guy is joining us today to talk about his latest book, called The Interior Landscape. Building on the legacy of his previous best-selling books More Than a Rock and Another Day Not Wasted, as well as his work as a regular contributor to LensWork and On Landscape magazines, The Interior Landscape is a collection of more than 60 brief essays, packaged in a beautiful hardcover format and illustrated throughout with Guy’s stunning photography.

Organized into four parts, Guy discusses:

Creativity and expression as the most significant aspects of making art

The controversial and tenuous relationship between photography (by design a medium for objective representation) and art (by definition the subjective expressions of the imagination of artists)

How he has formed a relationship with, and found meaning in, the natural landscape, and how he expresses these meanings in his photographs

Lessons learned from more than three decades of practicing expressive landscape photography

The Interior Landscape is for anyone interested in, as the title suggests, turning inward to explore creativity, art, expression, and the landscape. It is sure to illuminate, educate, and inspire you on your photographic journey.

Visit Guys Website – www.guytal.com

To order Guys new book, you can get the ebook edition from Rocky Nook or Amazon. If you want an autographed printed version, visit Guys site when the hardcover is available later this year.

The Interior Landscape e-book

            On Rocky Nook: HERE

            On Amazon: HERE

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Interview with David Kingham and Jennifer Renwick



We are pleased to bring  you two outstanding guests in this episode of We Talk Photo.  Listen in as we talk with David Kingham and Jennifer Renwick.  Both are amazingly accomplished photographers in their own right and together, they are a powerhouse duo.  Recently David has injected new life in to Nature Photographers Network, a site devoted to landscape and nature photography filled with helpful information, image critiques and a wonderful sense of community.

David is a professional nature photographer who travels full-time with his partner Jennifer Renwick and their two cats. David started his full-time David Kingham bio picturetravels in 2014 to travel the country, spend time in the places he loves, and to find purpose in this world. David and Jennifer plan to settle down in Ridgway, CO where they met and feel most at home. Until then they will continue their travels across America. David and Jennifer lead photography workshops together. They love to share their knowledge of photography and the locations they call home year to year. You can learn more about their workshops by visiting Exploring Exposure.

Jennifer is an accomplished nature photographer who teaches and speaks about her love of nature and capturing this love through her photography. From Jennifers Bio, “While I enjoy photographing landscapes, my real passion is focusing on the smaller details in those landscapes. Every grand landscape has many stories and nuances that make up the larger landscape, and each of these moments deserves to be shared. I enjoy practicing slow photography, visual storytelling, and expressing my emotions through my imagery. Whether I’m photographing dolphins in the ocean or positioned over a natural abstract in the desert, my goal is the same; I strive to make compelling photos that not only trigger emotions and feelings but, more importantly, help bring awareness to the inspiring but delicate natural world we live in.”

 

Nature Photographers Network – www.naturephotographers.network
Jennifers Portfolio – www.jenniferrenwick.com
Davids Portfolio – www.davidkingham.com
Workshops – https://www.exploringexposure.com/workshops/all/
Reverence: Death Valley Book – https://www.exploringexposure.com/books/reverence/

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Masters of Nature and Landscape Photography Symposium



Folks, this episode is a big one….we are officially announcing and launching the Masters of Nature and Landscape Photography Symposium.  Created by Bill Fortney and Jack Graham, MNLP will bring together luminaries in the photographic field to teach and share their knowledge to the attendees in the amazing landscape in and around Tucson Arizona.  The symposium is October 30th – November 3, 2023.

Website:  https://www.mnlp.net

Registration will fill up FAST, so if you think you might want to go, we’d suggest you sign up quickly!

Follow MNLP on Twitter @mnlpphoto


Interview with Adrian Klein



Jack and John welcome Adrian Klein to the podcast in this latest episode.  Adrian is a Pacific Northwest Photographer and member of the Photo Cascadia team.  He has been a prolific photographer and workshop leader over the years and we are thankful to have him on as our guest on the podcast.

About Adrian

Born and raised in Oregon, Adrian lives within a 100 miles of the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood Wilderness and the high desert of Oregon. His love of nature has nurtured his love of photography. He has spent over a decade fine tuning my photography skills and building a connection to nature that allowed him to create the photos you see on his website. His experiences and contributions are many including; working as a portrait and wedding photographer, contributing member of Professional Photographers of Oregon board of directors 2007-2009, landscape workshop leader, active team member of Photo Cascadia, and building alliances with a number of companies.

Adrians Website:  https://www.adrianklein.com

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Olympic National Park Workshop



Jack and John come to you in this episode from their hotel in Forks WA trees and stumps covered in moss in Olympic NPas they prepare for their Olympic National Park workshop.  Listen in as they discuss the preparations they go through to plan the workshop itinerary and work to provide the best possible photo and learning experience possible for the clients.  The first segment of the podcast is prior to the workshop and then they regrouped after the workshop to discuss how the experience was, plus some helpful tips on visiting the park.

Sunset along Rialto Beach in Olympic NPPlease join them for an insightful and informational podcast about this most special National Park.

 

 

 

 

A flowing stream through a heavily wooded forest.

 


Interview with young photographer Lance Wilson



In continuing our series of young up and coming photographers, we welcome an amazing 14 year old photographer to our show, Lance Wilson.   Lance just started his photographic journey during the pandemic, photographing alongside his father, and many of his images are catching peoples attention.

Growing up close to the Pacific Ocean, Lances images of the waves and water are captivating.  Big things are ahead for Lance and we wish him all the best as he grows and develops his artistic vision.

Check out his website at LanceWilson.com

 

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Let’s Talk Bears!



Jack and John welcome a special guest to the podcast, our friend and guide in Alaska, Jerry.  Jerry has been flying and guiding in Alaska for 40 years and has a wealth of knowledge to share with us on this episode.  Hear some great stories as well as what it’s like on our Alaska Grizzly Photo Workshop.  One of the best bush pilots you’ll ever meet, Jerry has a priority for keeping guests safe and making sure that they have the best time possible in the wildest country in the US.

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.


Interview with Brooks Jensen



What can we say about Brooks Jensen….wow.  Jack and John are very honored to have Brooks on our show in this episode.  If you don’t know about Brooks, he is the creator and creative engine behind Lenswork “magazine” and multi-media platforms devoted to fine art photography.  Lenswork has been the preeminent photographic periodical for decades and Brooks has been the mastermind to pull it together and publish it.

The premise of LensWork is that photography is more than mere craft. Photography is, or can be, a way of life. Beyond cameras and equipment, beyond film and chemistry, beyond pixels and technology lie the mysteries of the creative life shared by those who strive to communicate and express themselves clearly – fine art photographers, commercial photographers, amateurs and professionals. LensWork is an exploration of the path of creative photography. Through an exchange of ideas, insight, personal experience, and opinions, it is hoped LensWork will inspire photographic artists to create work which truly bears their signature.

Brooks Jensen is a fine-art photographer, publisher, workshop teacher, and writer. In his personal work he specializes in small prints, handmade artist books, and digital media publications.

Brooks is the owner, co-founder (in 1993, with his late wife, Maureen), editor, and publisher of the award winning LensWork, one of today’s most respected and important periodicals in fine art photography. With subscribers in more than 70 countries, Brooks’ impact on fine art photography is truly worldwide. His long-running weekly podcasts on art and photography are heard over the Internet by thousands every day. All 1,200+ podcasts are available at LensWork Online, the LensWork membership website. He also publishes a daily Here’s a Thought… video with short inspiration for creative photographers.

LensWork Publishing is also at the leading edge in multimedia and digital media publishing with the LensWork Tablet Edtion, and LensWork Extended — a PDF-based, media-rich expanded version of the magazine.

Brooks is the author of thirteen books about photography and creativity: Photography, Art, & Media (2016); The Creative Life in Photography (2013); Letting Go of the Camera(2004); Single Brooks Jensen ProjectExposures (3 books in a series, random observations on art, photography and creativity); Looking at Images (2014); The Best of the LensWork Interviews (2016); Seeing in SIXES (2016); Seeing in SIXES (2017); Seeing in SIXES (2018); Seeing in SIXES (2019); and Our Magnificent Planet (2020).

Lenswork Website:  http://www.lenswork.com

Brooks Website:  http://brooksjensenarts.com

The We Talk Photo podcast is dedicated to being an entertaining, informative and lighthearted discussion about a wide range of photographic topics centered around landscape and nature photography.  Hosted by Jack Graham and John Pedersen, long time industry professionals, they will bring you in to their conversations about gear, recent trends, insightful interviews with industry leaders as well as entertaining stories from their collective experience in the photography business.