The epic storms have subsided just in time for a visit from Vanda Ralevska, http://mylenscapes.co.uk/, and her partner, Martin, from the U.K., who have been traveling around the western United States and are ending their jaunt in Moab. They were expecting sun-drenched treks through canyons and across deserts, but have been met with a deluge of rain purported to be a once in 500-year event. After making them aware of the Utah Road Conditions and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration websites, they navigated their sightseeing and touring away from road closures and major monsoon surges.
I am really excited to be meeting up with Vanda this evening, as well as possibly connecting with Sue Bishop, http://www.suebishop.co.uk/, who is a contributor to LBW and is leading a workshop in the area. A few months back, when I started sharing my photography online in a hit-and-miss effort to market my work, Vanda and Beata Moore, http://beatamoore.co.uk/, picked me out of the swirling flash flood of photos on flikr and invited me to join their group as well as be featured on their website, Landscapes by Women, http://www.landscapesbywomen.co.uk/about/. Though I'm not listed as a contributor due to my residence outside the U.K., they regularly share my photographic work and writing. I appreciate their support immensely.
I have also enjoyed the Facebook conversations and sharing of ideas among the members of this group related to challenges particular to women landscape photographers such as gear, marketing, and art. One of my goals in creating an online presence was to find and foster a community of women nature and landscape photographers on the Colorado Plateau. When I searched that very phrase, a number of male nature and landscape photographers turned up, but the main female reference centered around Washer Woman Arch as seen through Mesa Arch at Islands in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park. There are some remarkable known and unknown men who practice the art of landscape photography in these parts and both men and women who hail from homes all over the world and travel here for the amazing photo ops awaiting those who take the time to show up.
I plan to take Vanda and her partner to some of my favorite spots around the Moab area, particularly a few which will be newly carved and brushed by recent floods. As we step down into steep canyons and still-running runoff in the coming days, I hope to strengthen the connections we've developed through photography to engender a sea-change of collaboration and mentoring between women and with men as photographers, at home and across whatever ponds keeps us apart geographically or creatively.
Thank you for the update on your recent floods! I hope you will have fab time with Vanda, all the best from me (currently totally wet after the short trip to Dorset where I was welcomed by rain, rain and more rain)!
I enjoy your writing... and love the image to the right! To me, it looks like an abstract of the female form. Very sinuous.
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