Day 7- Attend a photography lecture

#10- Attend four photography lectures, 1/4

IMG_5602A year ago, I began to learn more about photography. I purchased the National Geographic Masters of Photography series from The Great Courses. I purchased the video download option. It’s a fantastic series. Very inspiring. It features twelve different National Geographic photographers. Each photographer gives two lectures, complete with slide shows of their work and interesting stories of how they made the pictures.

One of the National Geographic photographers in the collection is Joel Sartore. Here’s his bio from The Great Courses class description:

“Joel Sartore is a photographer and National Geographic Fellow, a speaker, a writer, a teacher, and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year International. In addition to his work for National Geographic, Mr. Sartore has contributed to Audubon magazine, TIME, LIFE, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and numerous book projects. He also has published several books himself, including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species; Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky; and Photographing Your Family: And All the Kids and Friends and Animals Who Wander through Too.”

I enjoyed his lectures so I was excited to see him come to the Annenberg Space for Photography. Tickets to events at the Annenberg are free, but they are limited and must be reserved. For tonights lecture, I sat at my computer on December 30th, continuously refreshing the screen until the reservation line opened at noon. Once it did, I ordered my tickets immediately. By 12:07, they were completely “sold out”.

Now that I’ve seen the lecture, I know why it was so popular. For the first half of the lecture, all we did was laugh. Joel showed images of people and animals that were hilarious. He even shared his Christmas card photos which are creative, slightly dark, comedic staged shots of his family.

The second half of the lecture was about conservation. Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, “an effort to document biodiversity through photography, to show what’s at stake and to get people to care while there’s still time.  Over 5,000 species have been photographed to date.”

Look for Joel Sartore’s lecture, once it becomes live on the Watch section of The Annenberg Space for Photography. His conservation message is critical for everyone to see. I would show a few of his photos here, but they are protected by copyright. Click on the Photo Ark link to see his amazing work.

My friend, Erica, joined me tonight and we had our books signed. It was a great time.


358 days to go.

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