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"most people come to the desert for its expansive and unobstructed views, and for that feeling that they are in some profound sense "away" from the confines of the modern world...To intrude on those views would be wrong."
A 38-year veteran of the National Park Service who capped his career by spending three years running Joshua Tree National Park has come out against a solar project proposed for the central Mojave Desert in no uncertain terms.
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I had great fun on Monday making portraits for two longtime creative friends. D.R. Lunsford (Douglas) will soon publish his first collection of short stories with one of my portraits being used for the cover. 'Rizorkestra' (https://www.youtube.com/user/rizorkestra) is an amazing self-described  "one-man-folk-roots-blues-band" who will hopefully soon be releasing another CD (we listened to fresh takes while driving) and I hope he'll consider using my portrait of him. This article ( http://tinyurl.com/o9lqar7) describes Riz as a musical "savant" - I've known him for more than 20 years and he remains one of the most gifted musicians (and people) I've ever had the opportunity play with, record alongside, and photograph. Riz is a master of MANY instruments - check him out. 

Doug's portrait was made mid-day at the Thousand Palms Oasis in Coachella Valley, CA, and Riz's was made in Joshua Tree National Park near dusk. I used a single strobe, light stand, and umbrella for both. Enjoy!
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Thank you, +Olivier Du Tré!
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RELOCATE THE SODA MOUNTAIN SOLAR PROJECT!

Friends, please SEND YOUR COMMENTS TODAY to let officials know that you want the Soda Mountain Solar Project (on California's Mojave Desert) relocated and the public comment period extended so that alternative, low conflict locations for the project can be identified. The proposed location is immediately adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve, one of our beautiful desert National Park units. Industrial-scale utilities on the doorstep and within sight of a National Park? No way. You can read more about this project in a January blog post: http://michaelegordon.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/stop-the-proposed-soda-mountain-solar-project/

National Parks Conservation Association has made it very easy for you to send your comments; please follow this link and please share!: 
http://tinyurl.com/pn3nodd
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I've spent most of the month of February exploring and photographing Death Valley National Park with private photo tour clients (www.DeathValleyPhotoTours.com) and am only in the office briefly before departing again for the Visionary Death Valley with +Guy Tal. We'd love to have you join us for our November installment of  Visionary Death Valley  http://visionaryphotoworkshops.com/shop/visionary-death-valley-november-6-11-2014/). 

This photograph was made a few nights ago in Death Valley's incredible Black Mountains, where rock exposures date back an astounding 1.7 billion years. See this image bigger here (click LARGE VIEW underneath):
http://www.michael-gordon.com/photo/untitled-12/
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Exhibition Recommendation - Los Angeles
I enjoyed a day at LACMA yesterday (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) taking in a few different exhibitions. Of particular note and of great historical interest and importance is the See The Light - Photography, Perception, Cognition exhibit in the Resnick Pavilion. This exhibit featured 220 beautiful and historical prints from many of the masters of our medium: Ansel Adams, Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, W.H. Fox Talbot, Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Andre Kertesz...the list goes on. I highly recommend that you see this exhibit before it closes on March 23. Check it out!
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Please help SAVE Silurian Valley in California's Mojave Desert (SE of Death Valley NP). Please act and share!
Dear Readers and friends of the California Desert, I need your help opposing the proposed Silurian Valley Solar/Wind Project which is slated for development southeast of Death Valley National Park....
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+Lori Carey: Thank you for commenting. Considering that electricity will be shipped to and used by cities, it doesn't make any sense NOT TO "plaster our cities with solar panels". President Obama and "green" energy developers have done a superb job of greenwashing the public and trying to convince us that this has to happen and it has to happen on treasured public lands. Never mind that your tax dollars are helping to subsidize the decimation of our desert when the subsidies should have been given to homeowners and to businesses to develop ROOFTOP solar...
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For the non-iPad crowd, my friend and co-instructor +Guy Tal has now released his 'More Than A Rock' book in PDF format. MTAR is a superb collection of Guy's finest essays (154 pgs, many photographs). Quoting another reviewer: "...this book is not just about photography, it's about the landscape...Guy's intimate relations with the wild, and his concern for being (staying?) part of the wilderness, shows through every one of his essays...It puts you in the proper frame of mind to appreciate relations among art, the individual and the landscape. This is not a book about techniques to take better photographs of the landscape, it's a book about how to feel about the landscape, which ultimately leads you to take better photographs..."

MTAR is a ridiculous value at $4.99. Buy your copy now: 
http://guytalbooks.com/catalog_show_ebook.php?bid=11
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"Beyond the hill is the auburn-colored desolation of the desert: stony hills, lean peaks, narrow bands of olive-drab shrubbery winding along the waterless drainages and in the distance, on all horizons, from fifty to sixty miles away, the farther ranges of blue, magenta, and purple mountains, where nothing human lives or ever did. I find this a cheery, even exhilarating prospect.” 
Edward Abbey

ROOTS, Death Valley National Park. Made from a Death Valley mountain summit near sunset. If the desert seems quiet near roads and people, imagine the beautiful solitude and tranquility of a solo trail-less walk far from roads and people to stand upon a summit where few others have stood...

See it BIGGER and acquire prints here: 
http://www.michael-gordon.com/photo/roots/
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+Michael E. Gordon  - no I did not. So you mean click on the words 'larger image' and then a larger one pops up? :) My bad, yes I did that now, much better. Very cool.

Regarding a print, do you have my address?
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A few brief announcements...

1. I'll be exhibiting my work at Art Under the Umbrellas in Old Town La Quinta, California (Coachella Valley, east of Palm Springs) tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 1 from 10am to 4pm - come on out for a beautiful day in the desert and say hello! 
http://www.lqaf.com/event/art-under-the-umbrellas-1-feb-2014/

2. I had the pleasure of seeing +Joe McNally present at the L.A. Center for Photography about a week ago. Joe's wit, wisdom, and humor combine for a great and fun presentation. If you have the chance to see him speak, do it!

3. +Guy Tal and I have ONE space open in our upcoming Visionary Death Valley workshop. Join us for inspiration, learning, fun, and camaraderie in one of North America's most fascinating and photogenic settings: 
http://visionaryphotoworkshops.com/shop/visionary-death-valley-february-20-25-2014/

Enjoy a wonderful weekend.
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Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer of unusual and overlooked natural landscapes of California and beyond. A lifelong student of nature and wilderness, Michael’s intimate relationship with the landscape yields photographs of great depth and clarity. He is best known for his black and white ‘Desert’ series which, says Broughton Quarterly, portrays “stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.”

Michael's photographs have been published in and on the covers of magazines, calendars, textbooks and music CD’s. He is represented by art galleries in the U.S. and Europe, and his fine art prints are held internationally in private collections. Publications and clients include Backpacker magazine; View Camera magazine; Rangefinder magazine; Broughton Quarterly; T-Mobile; The Wilderness Society; Campaign for America's Wilderness; USDA Forest Service; Brooks/Cole, Body-Mind Music, and more. Awards and recognition include International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, and Black & White Spider Awards.

Michael's love for and commitment to the preservation of imperiled landscapes in the American West goes beyond his photography. His 18-year service as volunteer ranger in the San Gorgonio Wilderness earned him a President's Gold Volunteer Service award. He also served on the Board of Directors for the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association and Southern California Mountaineers’ Association, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy. His photographs have been instrumental in the campaigns of The Wilderness Society, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, National Parks Conservation Association, and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and have helped to shape wildfire management and solar energy policies, and to advance federal Wilderness designation and expansion.

Michael photographs with a 4”x5” view camera and film, and leads photo workshops and tours for photographers of all levels. He lives in an historic 99-year-old California bungalow in Long Beach, California, with his wife Shauna, and their menagerie of rescued animals (including Mojave the dog).

You can also find Michael on Facebook and Twitter.
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