Picture: Trees & fog at sunset, Berkeley Hills, California
The good folks at Naturescapes.net had recently asked me if I would be interested in writing an article for their web site. One of the topics they thought might hit a chord with their readers would be something about my near-decade long experience working with Galen Rowell. Those within the photographic community know Galen’s name immediately, but for those outside or unfamiliar with his name, Galen was a world-renowned outdoor adventure and nature photographer / writer, along with being a very accomplished climber and mountaineer.
My primary responsibility while working for Galen and Barbara Rowell was managing their photographic library, editing and sending submissions to clients, and licensing the use of his photos for publication around the globe.
It’s been eleven years since I left their company, Mountain Light Photography, to become a stay-at-home dad following the birth of my son, and eight years since the tragic plane crash that claimed their lives near their home in Bishop, California. In all that time, I’ve spoken with many people about my experience, but this is the first time I’ve ever been asked to write about it. Naturescapes.net (NSN) recently published the article while I was away on vacation in Hawaii, otherwise I would have mentioned it here sooner. (read: before the chaos of moving my office.)
The image above was shot on one of the very first Mountain Light Photo Workshops I worked at, taken amidst a line of five or six other photographers and Galen. Like many of the students, I barely knew what I was doing with my camera at the time. There’s no doubt in my mind, that aside from the privilege of knowing Galen & Barbara, being able to participate in the workshops while we worked and assisted students in the field was one of the great job-related perks.
Click here to read: Working with a Legend; Galen Rowell.
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