In this Episode
In this episode of the Perceptive Photographer we take a look at the influence of Galen Rowell. Galen was a gifted climber, mountaineer, and photographer. He spent a great deal of time in the Sierra Nevada range where he recorded over 100 first ascents. He also holds several other climbing records. He began working as a full-time photographer in his early 30s working for National Geographic. In addition to his amazing career as a photographer, he was also a very talented writer. In 2001, he released a book. The Inner Game of Outdoor Photography* which was an updated collection of his essays from Outdoor Photographer magainze.
The essays in the book, along with the images, showcase the best of Galen. Not only do we get practical insights into the skills, techniques, and experiences as an outdoor photographer but is also a wonderful insight into what it takes to create “visionary imagery.” Over the course of my journey as a photographer, I have returned again and again to Galen’s teachings. He had such a great way to articulate about the art and science of photography.
Galen, along with his wife and a few friends, died in a plane crash in 2002. I had always wanted to meet Galen and get a chance to talk about his work, life, and love of photography. When he passed, I created a bucket list of photographers I wanted to meet. While the list isn’t complete, I have had a chance to meet, share and learn from so many great photographers. In many ways, Galen’s death pushed me to never wait to reach out because as amazing as life is, it can also be so short.
If you haven’t checked out Galen’s book it is worth picking up. Even if you don’t do landscape and outdoor photography, you can learn a lot. You can get a copy of the book here on Amazon (*affiliate link).