Earlier in October of this year, I was assigned a story by the New York Times to cover a piece that was both art history and travel. What an adventure! My husband and I live in Maui for four months a year, so it’s always great to have an excuse to head out and explore. I didn’t know that Georgia O’Keeffe had spent time in the islands. I was familiar with only one landscape painting of a waterfall surrounded by green cliffs by the artist, but I learned through the story that this painting was made by O’Keeffe after a visit to the lush Iao Valley on the island of Maui. It was so much fun to try and see that area, an area that I’ve been familiar with for quite some time, through the eyes of Ms. O’Keeffe. Although there was no missive to try and emulate what O’Keeffe painted, to try and see what she saw was a wonderful visual exercise. When I started puzzling together the time of year she was there, it made sense that she may not have been as taken in if she had been there in the dry, early autumn as we were at the time of the assignment. The waterfalls on Maui are fed by rainwater and currently the entire county of Maui is in a drought. However, another more obscure painting of two papaya trees in the Iao Valley was equally daunting to emulate as she had superimposed the unmistakable shape of the tree on backdrop of that lush valley. However, the majority of her time on the island was spent in the lush area of Hana. The story is on the New York Times’ web site here, but I can summarize our experience of following in the footsteps of this great painter. She had been commissioned by the Dole Pineapple Company in 1939 to produce two paintings promoting the pineapple company and was invited to Oahu to visit the plantation. She was disgusted by the fact that Dole wouldn’t allow her to stay on a working plantation because it was considered, “unseemly for a woman.” She immediately bailed on the project. Kudos to Georgia! Instead, after traveling around the territory of Hawaii, she ended up in Hana on the island of Maui where she created most of her paintings during this period. These stories are well documented not only through letters to her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, but also by her unlikely Hana guide, a 12 year old named Patricia Jennings, who was the daughter of the plantation manager where O’Keeffe stayed in Hana. Patricia is still alive and living on the Big Island of Hawaii. The author, Tony Perrottet, interviewed Patricia and was able to put together a living guide to Georgia’s time in Hana and the places where Ms. O’Keeffee painted. Those places are still intact and very visible to anyone willing to seek them out. This type of approach to travel is wonderful – not only does one get to stand and see precisely the same thing that Georgia did, the writer incorporated other destinations including where to stay, what to eat and other useful travel tips. For me, it was a treasure hunt. Having visited Hana many times, I’ve never considered it through the eyes of one of the most important American painters. Ever since my parents took me as a teenager to see an O’Keeffe exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute back in the ’80′s, I’ve long admired her work. This story was also a first for me in another way: there were far more photos published in the printed newspaper than there were online. These days, as a contributing photographer for many magazines, most of the visual content ends up not in print but online or in an iPad version, there’s still a thrill in seeing a large photograph running across two pages of the New York Times. Please read the article here. I’ve also put together a portfolio of the outtakes online here for your enjoyment. Aloha and mahalo for visiting!
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Posted in assignment photography, editorial photographer, fine art, Hawaii, Maui, maui photographer, photographer, photography, Travel, travel photographer, tagged arts, dole pineapple, editorial photographer, georgia o keeffe, Hawaii, island, Maui, photography, photojournalism, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on December 5, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in assignment photography, Canon 5D Mark II, editorial photographer, Hawaii, magazine work, Maui, maui photographer, National Gegoraphic, photography, photojournalism, Travel, travel photographer, tagged 5D Mark ll, editorial photographer, Hawaii, island, magazine, magazine photography, Maui, National Geographic, national geographic traveler, outdoors, photography, photojournalism, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on October 22, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Aloha! The November 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler is available online and a story I photographed here on Maui for the magazine is featured. The story, which you can read here, is in the Road Trip section and investigates how the Road to Hana and beyond relates to the music of the Hawaii. Traversing the road with the car stereo set to the local radio station, we set out to document some of the things that are the subject of local music, both traditional Hawaiian songs and more contemporary island sounds. Our journey took us from our home here in West Maui, along the Hana Highway where we met people who farm taro in the traditional way on the Keanae Peninsula to Hana where we explored black and red sand beaches, around the back of Haleakala, through Kipahulu and Kaupo. It’s a beautiful drive and although it’s possible to do it in one day, I recommend spending at least one night in Hana so that you can take your time, do some hiking, explore the waterfalls and enjoy the peaceful town. The photo gallery which has more photos than the printed magazine, can be seen here.
Mahalo and a hui ho!
Posted in assignment photography, commercial photographer, editorial photographer, Hawaii, landscape photographer, landscape photography, magazine work, Maui, maui photographer, National Gegoraphic, nature photographer, Oregon, outdoors, Pacific Northwest, photographer in Portland, photojournalism, Travel, tagged astoria oregon, cannon beach oregon, columbia river gorge, dundee oregon, Dutch Traveler, editorial photographer, Hawaii, magazine, magazine photography, Maui, National Geographic, national geographic traveler, nature, oregon hood river, oregon wine country, outdoors, photography, photojournalism, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on October 13, 2012 | 1 Comment »
One of the finest pleasures in life is exploring one’s home territory through the fresh eyes of someone new to the place. In this case, I got the call asking if I was interested in shooting a story about Oregon for the Dutch edition of National Geographic Traveler. The editor-in-chief would be traveling from the Netherlands to Oregon to explore the bounty of the region. It was a fantastic experience, driving around the state, showing off some of the places that I love, and exploring new places together. The adventure paid off and this month’s issue of the Dutch edition of National Geographic Traveler, I’ve got a 12 page spread featuring the beauty of the state I call my first home, Oregon. The feature story is below. Currently I’m in Maui, preparing my gear to head out on assignment here on the island. Maui is my second home, and I’m anxious to see what this next adventure offers up.
Proost and Aloha!
Posted in commercial photographer, editorial photographer, Hawaii, Maui, maui photographer, National Gegoraphic, photographer, photography, Travel, travel photographer, tagged editorial photographer, Hawaii, hawaiian monk seal, honolua bay, island, Maui, National Geographic, National Geographic Expeditions, northwestern hawaiian islands, outdoors, photography, sea mammals, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography, vacation on October 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Aloha from the island of Maui! I will be based here in the islands until November 30th. Already, it’s been an extraordinary trip beginning with an encounter with an Hawaiian Monk Seal, both on land and in the water. In the morning, tourists discovered a female monk seal hauled out on the beach here in Kaanapali. Later, as I was stand-up paddleboarding, looking for turtles to photograph, she swam directly to the tip of my board, sorted a few hellos, then headed off for a nice ocean brunch. It was an incredible encounter as the Hawaiian Monk Seal is one of the most critically endangered sea mammals on Earth. It is estimated that fewer than 1500 remain. They generally occur in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, so it’s rare to see them in areas like Kaanapali Beach, which is populated by humans.
I’m taking a little time off in order to test some underwater photo equipment for a trip to the Galapagos with National Geographic Expeditions where I’ll be the on board National Geographic Photography Expert. I’m thrilled to be working with National Geographic Expeditions as every trip is truly an adventure! If you’d like to join me in the Galapagos, I’ll be on two departures in January, the first beginning January 4th. I’ll be giving tips and tricks to enhance your photography experience while we’re on the Expedition together, and demonstrate the type of work I do on assignment. You can read more about the itinerary here. In the mean time, if I don’t answer the phone, you can find me here:
Posted in alt process photography, assignment photography, editorial photographer, fine art, magazine work, maui photographer, multimedia, photographer, photographer in Portland, photography, video, tagged alternative process, ambrotypes, collodion, editorial photographer, fine art photography, magazine photography, photography, photojournalism, video on April 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Last night, Oregon Public Broadcasting aired their twice weekly segment on art, called Oregon Art Beat. I was one of the three persons featured on the show. It is so strange to watch myself on tv, as I’m used to being on the other side of the camera. The piece is about the fact that I work both as an editorial photographer and a fine art photographer. I would like to thank OPB, Jule Gilfillan, Tom Shrider and Randy Layton for putting together such a nice piece. I’d also like to thank This Old House for giving OPB permission to photograph us working on location for the March 2012 cover. I am also grateful to Michele Greco for allowing herself to be filmed while we were working – so a big thanks to my favorite stylist/producer. Although this feels like more shameless horn-tooting, I really hope that you’ll take a moment to watch the video.
Posted in assignment photography, blog, editorial photographer, landscape photographer, landscape photography, magazine work, Maui, maui photographer, multimedia, photographer, photography, photojournalism, Travel, travel photographer, tagged editorial photographer, Hawaii, magazine photography, Maui, multimedia, photography, photojournalism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on March 1, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Last fall, I shot a feature story and multimedia piece for Smithsonian Magazine. I landed the cover. (Yippee!!!) Smithsonian’s editing team took the raw footage and audio, and produced a very nice video to accompany the article as it appears online and on their iPad application. Since I’m a Wonderfulmachine photographer, they decided to write a nice blog post about the job here. I’m grateful to have Maria Luci on my team of supporters to help spread the word that I am capable of working in the field under challenging circumstances and produce great results. This feels like shameless horn-tooting, but I feel that the only way to showcase my abilities is to get the word out through modern channels. Thanks for your time!
Posted in Canon 5D Mark II, D5 Mark ll, editorial photographer, Hawaii, landscape photographer, landscape photography, magazine work, Maui, maui photographer, multimedia, nature photographer, outdoors, photography, Travel, travel photographer, tagged 5D Mark ll, Canon, editorial photographer, Hawaii, magazine photography, outdoors, photography, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on November 27, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
It is with great pleasure to announce the best holiday gift ever : the cover story for Smithsonian’s December 2011 issue. In early October, I was assigned by the magazine to cover a story about the crater of Haleakala, located on the island of Maui. Also available online is a multimedia piece which was edited in Washington D.C. at the magazine’s headquarters. I provided the raw video and audio and the good people at Smithsonian put together a video featuring the park’s superintendent, Sarah Creachbaum. There is also a slideshow online of some more photos here.
This adventure into the volcano was a test of both my technical and physical capabilities. My assistant and I covered approximately thirty miles of rough terrain, dealing with gusty winds, yellowjackets and the occasional passing rain shower. We spent three days and two nights shooting as much of the landscape and volunteer work as possible. We also shot video and collected audio as we simultaneously tried to shoot stills and keep up with the volunteer group, who had allowed us to tag along and stay with them in two of the three cabins located within the crater.
The eastern flank of this erosional depression is a cloud forest, essentially the top of Hana, an area famous for its rainforests and waterfalls. If time had allowed, we would have hiked farther into the Kaupo Gap, a lush area filled with native Ohia trees and the chirping of native birds such as the I’iwi and the Apapane. We saw plenty of Nene, the Native Hawaiian Goose, mostly around the cabins. Although it’s illegal to feed them, they clearly understand that humans are a source of food, as they would brazenly approach anyone eating a snack. At the end of the three day hike, we faced climbing out of the volcano up the Halemau’u trail that has an elevation gain of just over 1,000 feet in under 3 miles. That was a difficult task as we were pretty exhausted by that point, having covered so much ground in such a short period of time. The most challenging part of photographing was attempting to visually describe the vast landscape. This was indeed an assignment of a lifetime. I encourage anyone, who is ambulatory enough, to take the shorter 11 mile hike down the Keonehe’ehe’e, (Sliding Sands), trail. It’s physically challenging, but to partake in this landscape is to witness the earth at its most primal. A hui ho!
All the images and video were shot with Canon 5D Mark II Cameras, the Canon 24-105 F4L IS USM lens, the Canon 70-200mmL IS USM lens, (plus various others), all the images were processed using Adobe’s Lightroom software. The audio was captured using a Zoom H4n Handy Recorder with an Audiotechnica condenser mic covered with a dead-cat windscreen.
Posted in editorial photographer, Hawaii, landscape photographer, landscape photography, Maui, maui photographer, nature photographer, Stock Photography, surfing, Travel, travel photographer, tagged editorial photographer, Hawaii, Maui, maui editorial photographer, outdoors, photography, Stock Photography, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on October 17, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Aloha All! Just a brief post to update my location. I’ll be based at Kaanapali near Lahaina on the island of Maui until November 22. After completing my first two assignments, I am back in the water, surfing. The weather, as usual, has been stunning with days filled with sunshine, trade winds keeping the temperatures perfect, and always a little swell in the water just outside my island home. Mahalo for reading and a hui ho!
Posted in editorial photographer, Hawaii, magazine work, Maui, maui photographer, National Gegoraphic, photographer, photographer in Portland, Stock Photography, Travel, travel photographer, tagged editorial photographer, Hawaii, magazine, magazine photography, National Geographic, national geographic traveler, photography, portrait photographer, Stock Photography, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on August 23, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Hawaii is one of my favorite places on earth, which is why I am based there at least 4 months out of the year. Maui happens to be my favorite Hawaiian Island, so I have an enormous stock photography collection from the time my husband and I spend there. Of course, I’m not always shooting – what I love is the ocean water and the tropical breezes, two things that we don’t get in Portland. Imagine my surprise when National Geographic Traveler Magazine decided to run this image on their September 2011 issue. This has been one of my favorite portraits for some time, so I was thrilled. I also think that the yellow plumeria goes nicely with the trademark yellow border of the magazine. Thank you National Geographic Traveler!
Posted in editorial photographer, humpback whale, Maui, maui photographer, outdoors, photographer, photography, photojournalism, surfing, Travel, travel photographer, tagged editorial photographer, Hawaii, island, Maui, photography, photojournalism, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on April 19, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Tomorrow, April 20th, marks the beginning of another adventure in the Aloha State where Susan Seubert will be based for four weeks. With headquarters on Ka’anapali Beach, she’ll certainly be spending many mornings surfing and enjoying the tail end of the Humpback whale season, the large cetaceans that migrate to this area every year from Alaska. Otherwise, she will be available for assignments. Hawaiian Air just announced new non-stop service to Tokyo and Osaka in Japan and Incheon and Busan in South Korea. For portfolios, stock requests or assignments, feel free to contact Susan directly at susan (at) sseubert (dot) com or by phone at +1-503-819-6692. A hui ho!