Engage Beyond the Page
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Photography — exceptional photography — is at Adirondack Life’s core, the beating heart of this regional magazine since 1969. It’s what longtime subscribers and casual readers alike tell us they love most — not the profiles of unusual characters, the descriptions of great hikes, the harrowing tales of backcountry misadventures. They want the visual cues that make a cherished place accessible even when they’re a thousand miles away.
So, picture this: It’s 1:40 a.m. in a log lodge deep in the Adirondacks. Dozens of people are snug in their bunks beneath Hudson Bay blankets. A handful of others are drinking beer and listening intently as a renowned photographer regales them with tales of shooting in exotic places and scaling frozen peaks before dawn. “It’s all about being there,” he says. “f/8 and be there,” echoes an acolyte, quoting “Weegee,” the famous street photographer of the 1930s.
Foggy and beyond exhaustion, gathering empty longnecks, I catch the eye of Galen Crane, then our assistant editor, who feels he has to be the one to turn out the lights and tuck in the merrymakers. “Coffee and pastries will be on the table in four hours,” I say, “and the folks signed up for shooting at sunrise need to be on the porch at 6 o’clock.” No mass movement ensues, just a few more bottle caps pop off.
So went three years of Adirondack Life fall photography workshops, in which great regional photographers taught, critiqued, mingled, and made themselves accessible to rank beginners and talented amateurs alike.