James Miglian Photography

Backpacking in Escalante National Monument

I started this trip many months ago after reading the book “The Art of Photography”.   I was impressed and had to let the author know how much I enjoyed his book.  This led to me joining him on his annual sojourn hiking through the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument with Bruce Barnbaum, Don Rommes and several other great photographers.  It turned into an unforgettable and great experience.  Seeing through the eyes of these veteran photographers and sharing their ten years plus experience in this wilderness area is much appreciated.  As Bruce mentioned, this is one of the most beautiful places in the world.  A bit remote requiring many hours of strenous hiking through slot canyons and river beds but well worth it.  Thank you Bruce and Don.

The photographs I took required me to stretch my perspective.  Bruce and most of the group are or were hard core film photographers.  Bruce and several others brought their full frame cameras with lenses and accessories that probably doubled the weight that was on my back.  I appreciate film for its silver gelatin processing and wide tonal range but see digital as a more useful tool for my art form.  Yet seeing the attention to detail and rigor required to get a negative is inspiring.  It is too easy to take a photo and see what we can do with it in edit.  Digital does allow us to experiment, learn by our mistakes and adjust our perspective much more easily.  However, slowing down to imagine, to contemplate the place, to view all angles, and all perspectives can be very rewarding if we allow ourselves the time.  


Here is a photo of Bruce with is backpack of photo equipment and his tripod.

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