All Over The Place: Recent Magazine Features & Works On Display
I feel like I have been all over the place in the last several weeks. And maybe I have. With travels to California to visit family, Central Square to photograph a baby shower, Clayton to photograph a family lifestyle session, Cold Brook to photograph high school senior portraits, and Saratoga Springs to photograph a wedding, it’s easy to see where that feeling is coming from. I’ve been a busy little bee.
But I’ve also been in a couple places virtually that you might not have known about.
Earlier this spring, several of my spider images were printed and used in promotion of the new Spider-Man movie that came out and was playing in Regal Cinema. I am such a nerd, I also provided an embarrassing amount of preserved spiders that I had, ahem, hanging around.
Also, the college where I received my undergraduate degree in biology recently interviewed me and featured my work in their alumni magazine.
I can’t tell you how much I adore seeing that little grey fox image of mine printed in a magazine. It totally makes the 3 weeks of swatting away mosquitoes in my make-shift blind, waiting for him to appear before my lens, completely worth it.
A quote from the article:
Most people don’t live off the land anymore, claims Zylstra, or even very close to it. “People approach the outdoors as a place full of things that can harm you: biting bugs, poisonous plants—even boredom.”
But if you are open to the outdoors, it will reveal itself to you in subtle, startling ways. “It has to be a deliberate relationship,” Zylstra advises, “one you’re continually cultivating by tuning into the landscapes around you and the rhythms that were here long before you were. That way you’ll notice the claw scratchings of a black bear on a pine tree or the singular V-shape made by the wings of a soaring turkey vulture. I’ve lived here eight years, and this place is still revealing itself to me,” she marvels. “Every day there are surprises—learning the rhythms and languages of all the inhabitants. Just the other morning, I was awakened at 3:30 a.m. by the caterwauling of barred owls in the swamp. It was eerie—and magical.”
For Zylstra, wild places are more than magical; they’re sacred: “No brick and mortar church has ever made me feel as worshipful or close to God as the forest, feeling the warmth of the light filtering through the canopy, kneeling on a soft cushion of moss, listening to chorusing birds and frogs, and smelling the balsam and rose hips.”
As a leafy cathedral, it’s picture perfect.
I am very grateful for all the kind comments I have been receiving from people who’ve read the magazine article and for the continued support from family, friends, and clients in my photography journey.