Photographs by and about Galen Rowell | See more ideas about Landscape photographers, Natural wonders and Nature. Mountain Light is a celebration of Galen’s pursuit of what he called ‘Dynamic Landscapes’ – landscape images that combined rapidly changing. In fact, just last month I wrote a post celebrating Galen’s legacy The memories of the Rowell’s and Mountain Light will live on in myself and.
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Fifteen years ago last month, I received a phone call from my friend and former fellow co-worker and now a very accomplished photographer Jerry Dodrill informing me that our boss esGalen Rowell, and mountakn wife Barbara, had been killed in a plane crash on a late night approach into the Bishop airport.
The accident happened just miles from where they ligbt and had re-established their business and gallery, Mountain Light Photography after relocating from the Bay Area. What I remember most about that phone call was the feeling of disbelief and the wind being sucked out of me. Last night I had those same feelings return, albeit roqell a lesser extent, when Jerry tagged me in a post on Facebook letting folks know that the beautiful Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop would be closing its doors.
After their tragic deaths, the family choose to continue to run the gallery as a great business that offered educational photo workshops, exhibits, print and stock sales, and was known for hosting many community events. The thought of going to the Eastern Sierra without stopping in gaalen Mountain Light seems almost alien to livht. Although to be totally honest, and probably due in great part to the closeness I had with Barbara and Galen and the time spent working for them, my visits to the gallery were always tinged with a bit of sadness.
A melancholy swept over me each time I saw the lives of two such extraordinary people reduced to trinkets in a bookcase. But alas, I knew in my heart that those few little items were nothing in comparison to the gallery itself and the pictures hanging on the wall. That was the true legacy and memory they carried forward. Yet each visit highlighted the growing gap of time that lay between what once was and what is now. One other sad aspect for me was that I always thought Mountain Light had a chance to be something more, to grow above and beyond its roots.
But its legacy was nonetheless treasured and carried forward by the family, the community, and fellow photographers in a way that would make anyone proud, and the beauty that was constantly on display left visitors in awe for the special splendor of our natural world that Galen captured so magnificently. The above photo is one that lives with me as a reminder to the spirit of Galen, Barbara, and Mountain Light.
I see this image, and I feel their spirit. You can also sign up to receive free updates by email when future posts are made to this blog.
Mountain Light Photography: About Galen Rowell
Gary Crabbe is an award-winning commercial and editorial outdoor travel photographer and author based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Gary is also a photography instructor and consultant, offering both public and private photo workshops. He also works occasionally a professional freelance Photo Editor. Truly sad to hear this Gary and lovely tribute photo. The world galeen changed a lot in those years. Their gallery is a truly unique achievement in a world where great photography seems to have become confused with the hardware used to create it.
People want to talk about pixels instead of mounfain and inspiration. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to rowdll disaster. I believe photography has become devalued by the ease of making images by virtually everyone.
Once again I yield to the master when I say I believe he predicted much of what we are experiencing falen an interview with Paul Hill in They would be almost as lighg as the best reproductions. I feel beyond fortunate to have worked with you and Galen starting in lighr early s. It was the impetus to dust off a long-deferred passion of mine. Thank you for this, Gary. I still remember the shock I felt when my son told me that Galen and Barbara had died.
Galen gzlen and always will be my first great inspiration. Poignantly and eloquently spoken, Gary! You express yourself as well in prose as with photos and it always leaves an impression on my heart. Such a tragedy and unfortunate loss.
Clearly their light is still burning in your heart and in the hearts of many others; that is a beautiful gift you can always treasure, along with your lovely warm-hearted wife and beautiful kind-hearted children. Very sad to hear, the gallery is so beautiful-stunning photographs from all over the world. When friends are visiting, it is one of the places we take them-they are always in awe.
I was one of the original staff that worked there. I knew Gslen and Barbara. I was working on some VR imaging for their website and was to meet with Barbara that coming Thursday to work on it. Galen worked wonders within the limited capabilities of film. Sadly he left before having the chance to create with the digital tools he recognized early would be the future.
Compared for instance to Ansel Adams, Galen was not a great printer, and with his choice of the 35mm format, the printed page was possibly the best expression of his art, especially since his writings were so powerful.
We will no longer have a permanent exhibit space, but his books remain in print. Moreover, falen Ansel Adams legacy as a printer does not live at galeen Ansel Adams Gallery a somehow anomalous institution in a national park but in the museums montain curated galleries that regularly exhibit his work.
Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape
I was once lucky to see him present a slide show to a small gathering of fans in an alley behind the Western Mountaineering store in Santa Cruz, California. This was in and, for me, it was like seeing Elvis give a concert in a small venue.
Thank you for sharing your memories and feelings, Gary. I, too, am saddened by the closing of the gallery. The closing of the gallery marks the end of an era, I fear.
But he will live forever in our memories and through his work. Galen was a true inspiration to all of us. I for one will always be thankful for the essays he left us in his books and the photographs. It is downright astonishing how well Galen was able to predict what we would face today in digital photography and photomanipulation, even a decade-plus following his death. The operative word here is greed.
A photograph that depicts a moment of real life, whether that of a human activity or of the natural world, is of a higher order than the most perfect replication created by or for the camera with luck removed from the formula. I was stunned when a friend of mine showed me a printout and said: It was a report of the fatal accident of Barbara and Galen.
I could only consider myself lucky that I was able to shake Galens hand in his gallery only a few weeks before his passing. Before that I learned about him in Bay Area Backroads episodes and the episode deicated to him I will never erase I since then moved back to Belgium but on October 16 I will be driving through Bishop and if they are still open I will buyprobably more than I can afford, beautiful Galen Rowell art.
Awful lot of false images out lighg the world, to much manipulation and over saturation, Galen was right and stuck to his convictions lesson for all to heed. I was fortunate enough to meet Galen in the winter ofat Rock Creek Winter Lodge, at a three-day photo-seminar-on-skis. He had already proved this with his Sierra Club books.
Even the Master shot a lot of really terrible photos. The next day, we all did our own photography, while skiing higher up the canyon where RCWL was located. Wanting to catch the full moon rising, I was the laggard, as everyone else headed back to RCWL for dinner. By the time I arrived back at RCWL, alone, after dark, everyone was a bit worried, but I had gotten I hoped the photos I wanted, to go with a touch of hypothermia.
The color-slide film we had taken that day was rowel, overnight by car to LA and back, as transparencies, the next afternoon. Simply a brilliant approach. Eight years before, I had done a solo trans-Sierra ski journey, but true winter-mountaineering I had never done. Very sad news, Gary.
Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape by Galen A. Rowell
Like for so many of us, Galen had mounfain immeasurable impact on my life and my career. For years I have paid homage and found inspiration by making an annual visit to the Mountain Light Gallery. My trips to the Eastern Sierra will never be the same.
I first encountered Galen in his magazine articles, which I read at the Los Angeles backpacking shop I worked at, West Ridge, in the mids.
I recall one piece about leading a group on a trans Sierra ski trip. To me, combining photography with guiding groups seemed an mountaij way to make a living. In fact I was a Sierra Cub trip leader and I had a long time, mostly amateur interest in photography. By the early s I made a living taking people on wilderness tours, too.
With that terrific experience under my belt, I began to conduct outdoor photo workshops, too, and for a couple of years I hired Gordon as my co-leader on a number of outings. I sold some photos and articles to outdoor oriented publications.
Eventually I was hired to write and supply the photos for a few books. I thought at first it was a sick joke. The closing of Mountain Light seems like roewll death to me, too. I had a sense of shock when I received an email this morning from the gallery. This is so sad. Galen Rowell was such an inspiration to me. I have visited the gallery many times, most recently just over a month ago where I was able to share it with three friends.
I am always amazed at the skill of Galen who shot only with film and achieved such wonderful results. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
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