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Morning on the Wissahickon II: National Geographic

Posted by on August 8th, 2011 with 1 Comment

A couple weeks ago, I posted the image at the top of this page. I’ve always been a big fan of the little person in vast landscape genre of art and reluctant of up close self portraits (which this is) so I was pretty happy with the shot. But why does it exist at all?

About a month ago, I got a request from a photo editor at National Geographic Adventure asking for some samples of photos from the Wissahickon Valley. They were putting together an online feature on urban trails and the nice people at google must have led her to me.

In reviewing my catalog, I realized that I’ve never really taken serious photos down in the Wissahickon. I live near it, I’ve played in it since I was a kid and I just kind of take it for granted. It’s never been something I’ve put much energy into shooting.

The editor ending up choosing an image that I didn’t really like. I’d never licensed an image to any division of the National Geographic family and didn’t want my first to be one that I hated. It’s like going to NY and eating pizza at Dominos. I actually was headed to NY for the weekend, so I only had a couple hours to get a better shot.

So… I woke up at dawn and headed down to the Wissahickon Valley. A steamy night of  summer rain and some early morning sun made the nice beams through the trees. A pile of rocks and my timer got me into the frame. I sent off the new set, and they picked the new shot for their feature. More photos from that morning and some other shots from the Wissahickon are in this gallery. That’s all for now.

One Comment

  1. Jon Foy says:

    Congratulations on the Nat Geo news, Steve! That’s an awesome story.

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