Portland Oregon Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in South Georgia

It’s been a whirlwind of travel for the last few years.  Now, I’m officially bipolar, meaning that I have visited both extremes of the earth, both by virtue of traveling with National Geographic Expeditions.  The first trip was towards the North Pole in Svalbard, exploring the Norwegian archipelago by icebreaker.  Then, most recently, down to the Southern Ocean to the Antarctic Peninsula and the islands of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

South Georgia is one of the most incredible, and remote, places on the planet. During the turn of the last century, South Georgia was home to numerous natural resource extraction operations.  Animals were harvested to the point where a number of species, including whales, fur seals and penguins, were hunted to near extinction.  Since these operations were shut down during the 1960’s, a number of species have now recovered. Since South Georgia has a tiny human population, the animals are completely perplexed but not frightened by human presence.  For wildlife photography, it’s difficult to find a more interesting and beautiful place.

One of my images from South Georgia at a landing called Gold Harbour was used on one of the expedition program guide’s covers.  I’ll never forget this morning. We had gotten up before daybreak to catch the morning light and although we only had it for a few moments, we were able to capture a number of gorgeous images of the King penguins in the golden hour of dawn.

The Brochure Cover for National Geographic | Lindblad Expeditions South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

The Brochure Cover for National Geographic | Lindblad Expeditions South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

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Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in the Falkland Islands

While visiting the island of South Georgia, I slipped in a slurry of penguin poo and mud which resulted in a very painful sprained ankle.  This left me unable to walk well when we pulled into Stanley. Instead of exploring the city I went with my fellow shipmates to a beautiful farm about an hour’s drive outside of the capital city.  One of the highlights of travel is the ability to peer into the life of the locals, which is precisely what we were able to do when we visited Long Island Farms.  The Watson family welcomed us in to their home with a beautiful spread of hand made cakes. They also gave us a tour of their property where they keep sheep, horses and chickens.  This morning was just one small bit of a much larger expedition to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia with National GeographicI’m heading back to this area in February 2017 and hope that you’ll join us!  Below are some photos from our farm visit, and tune in later for more images from this most incredible journey.

Peat Harvesting at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Peat Harvesting at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Peat Harvesting at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Peat Harvesting at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Tea and cakes served by the peat burning oven, Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Tea and cakes served next to the peat burning oven, Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

The sheep shearing barn at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

The sheep shearing barn at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Sheep await their turn to be sheared at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Sheep await their turn to be sheared at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Sheep shearing demonstration at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Bags of wool await processing at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Bags of wool await processing at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

The tack room at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands.

The tack room at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands.

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Portrait Photographer Susan Seubert with Frieda Grayzel

I’m starting a project with Frieda Grayzel, a child survivor of Auschwitz.  Frieda is a remarkable woman, graceful and courageous and I’m looking forward to working on a small piece about her in the coming months.

Here are a few portraits I made at our first meeting together.

 

Frieda Grayzel, Holocaust Survivor, in her Portland, Oregon apartment

Frieda Grayzel, Holocaust Survivor, in her Portland, Oregon apartment

Frieda Grayzel, Holocaust Survivor, in her Portland, Oregon apartment

Frieda Grayzel

Frieda Grayzel, Holocaust Survivor, in her Portland, Oregon apartment

Frieda Grayzel’s number from Auschwitz tattooed on her left arm

Frieda Grayzel, Holocaust Survivor, in her Portland, Oregon apartment

Frieda Grayzel with a portrait of her parents

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Susan Seubert photographs Gay Pride Parade 2016

Today my husband and I went to Portland’s Gay Pride Parade.  Not only was it a beautiful day to be outside, I felt that, in the wake of the recent tragedy in Orlando, it was important to go and show our support for our LGBT community.  The mood was celebratory and full of messages of love and inclusion.  Here are some photos of today’s parade.

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Portland Gay Men’s Choir march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

Portland Timbers Fans at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

There were lots of hugs at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

Even the Portland Fire Department were in the festivities at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Lovebomb Gogo Marching Band at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

The Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

Families share the message of love at the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Portland, Oregon, celebrated in remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida

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Commercial Photographer Susan Seubert shoots the Charles Hotel

Last week we wrapped up a 4 day shoot at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA.  If you are planning on visiting the Boston area, or need to stay near Harvard University, this is the place!  The property recently went through a large scale renovation and needed proper images to showcase the gorgeous upgrades. We spent 4 days photographing interiors for the hotel’s advertising needs.

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Here are some behind the scenes from our production.

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Me with Anna, our bed stylist. Anna and so many others at The Charles made this shoot a huge success.

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Jenna Teeson can work anywhere!

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No grip truck? No problem!

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Behind, behind the scenes.

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Team Teeson!

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Behind the Scenes with Portrait Photographer Susan Seubert on location in Portland, Oregon

I just wrapped my first shoot for the University of Portland, featuring environmental portraits of their students to be used in their print collateral. It was a beautiful day in Portland, OR, and we were able to use the campus and the city as our backdrops.

Portland’s landmark architecture is bridges, so we chose the base of the Hawthorne Bridge as one of our locations.  Although we had to dodge cyclists and pedestrians, we were able to pull off the shoot in little time.  I like packing a fairly light kit, so I set up a Canon 580EX flash on a stand wired to Pocket Wizard radio triggers. No wires meant that I could use a long lens and shoot across the busy pedestrian path. I chose to use an umbrella as a light source but in order to get rid of the dappled light from the tree he was standing under, we had to hold up a scrim to block the sunlight.

University of Portland Student, Portland, OR

Behind the Scenes: the photographer’s perspective

University of Portland Student, Portland, OR

On location in Portland, Oregon

The end result was a success!  I’ll share the image after it goes to press.

Thanks for visiting!

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Photographer Susan Seubert in Smithsonian Magazine

The April issue of Smithsonian Magazine features a photograph that I made on assignment in Washington, D.C. last November.  I was invited by the magazine to make an image of the Green Book, a guide first published in 1937 for African Americans who traveled by car and needed to navigate the segregated United States.  The magazine was started by Victor H. Green, a black postal carrier from Harlem.  It began as a slim, 15-page directory with recommendations in the New York area and listed safe places for black travelers to visit. These included gas stations, hotels, beauty salons, golf courses and even individuals who welcomed people into their homes.  The guidebook grew as people contributed to the directory and eventually this publication encompassed areas outside of the U.S. You can read the story here.  The image was created using the wet-plate collodion technique, known as an Ambrotype, a photographic process that dates back to about 1851 and was used as documentary photography tool during the American Civil War.  I have used this process for a variety of applications from magazine stories to personal projects.

The Green Book, photographed at the archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Green Book, photographed at the archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

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