artist Carl Galie is well aware of the distances some photographers are
willing to travel to capture images from exotic lands. He chose to do the
exact opposite, and the result is a lovely and moving pictorial entitled 175
Inspired by the writings of
Thoreau and Emerson—and the simplistic beauty they experienced at Walden
Pond in the mid-19th Century—Galie set out two years ago to create an entire
photographic book filled with images captured within 175 Paces from his
friends’ cabin home.
“In my travels over the past 17 years as a
photographer and teacher,” Galie says, “the most common statement I’ve heard
aspiring photographers make is ‘there is nothing here to photograph.’ I hope
to be able to dispel that myth with this project.”
Created over a two-year period, the book’s
photographs include a dazzling array of subjects – from panoramic scenes of
fall foliage reflected in a pond’s morning haze to the winged flurry of a
lone dragonfly perched on a singular offshoot of a wildflower. The
project’s 24-month timeframe allowed Galie to document the four seasons –
and the wildlife and landscape unique to the changing time of year. The
pictures have a spiritual quality to them, inspiring the reader with a
tangible sense of peace and tranquility.
Intertwining quotes from Thoreau and Emerson
with stunning photographs of geese skimming to a stop on the early morning
pond, Galie indeed proves that the poetic quality of nature is all around
us. His message of simplicity in the midst of today’s fast-paced world is a
welcome reminder that there is much to be seen and appreciated within our
own 175-pace slice of Earth.
“His exquisite photographs … take the breath
away. Carl’s photography opens eyes and minds wide to the realization that
we should all work a bit harder to save the wonders of the earth that his
cameras so easily capture.”
Purchase copies of the book from the links below
and have them on hand for gifts throughout the year.
175 Paces is available online at
www.carlgaliephotography.com and in selected art galleries. For more
email@example.com. $35.00 U.S.
175 Paces, photography and text by Carl V.
Galie Jr. Introduction by Gail Leggett Roberson.
© 2008 Carl V. Galie Jr., First Edition.
HARD COVER, NON-FICTION. 91 pages, 10-inch x
8-inch format. Full color photography.