Interview: QT Luong and His "Treasured Lands" Book

Today’s interview is with QT (Tuan) Luong, the author of Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks. Without physically seeing the Treasured Lands book for yourself, it is difficult to characterize how much of an accomplishment it is to visit all of these places, photograph them well and in diverse ways, write about each park, and pull everything together into a coherent narrative and visual celebration of America’s Best Idea. 

Treasured Lands is a truly impressive and inspirational representation of a life’s work (the book is 456 pages long, with more than 130,000 words and 500 photographs). The book contains a helpful narrative section on each park, covering information about the area's ecosystems, geology, seasons, a map, and notes about each photograph. The photographs themselves go far beyond the typical icons featured in many photography books. Instead, QT sets out to share a more nuanced view of each place, displaying a diversity of views from across each park. I especially appreciate that the book includes both expansive grand landscapes and smaller scenes, an approach that helps showcase a fuller picture of each of the places featured in the book.

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Recent Writings: Scouting Tips, Seeing Beyond the Literal, and More

Photographers Jay and Varina Patel have worked hard over the last few years to develop their Visual Wilderness website into an excellent resource for landscape and nature photographers. I started writing as a guest author for Visual Wilderness last year but have not been very good about sharing my articles with our blog audience. So, here is a quick summary of the four articles I have written for Visual Wilderness, with links to the full content over on their site. 

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Photographer Interview: Michele Sons

Michele Sons and I connected the way many photographers do these days - online. Although we have never met in person (at least not yet!), I have found Michele to be a kind, generous, and giving person. She is also a talented photographer, with a calming, meditative style that I find especially appealing. In addition to her portfolio of work mostly focused on the landscapes of the eastern United States, Michele recently returned from a trip of a lifetime to Antactica, which she discusses in depth in the interview below. 

You can see more of Michele’s work on her website or you can join her on Facebook at Michele Sons Photography.

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Photographer Interview: Candace Bartlett

We are excited to be featuring landscape and nature photographer Candace Bartlett on our blog today.  I really enjoy and find inspiration in Candace's photography and wanted to learn more about her and her work, so Candace has been kind enough to pull together some really thoughtful answers to my questions. We hope you enjoy the interview and Candace's wonderful selection of photographs below.

You can learn more about Candace and her photography at her website and you can also find her on Facebook and 500px.  

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