It’s hard to believe that it’s already February in this new year! I’m currently on Maui, marooned on shore because of a quick moving storm that’s brought strong winds and locally heavy showers to the area, putting a damper on my humpback whale photography. However, the inclement weather gives me an opportunity to share my latest story about the island of Maui, photographed for Virgin Australia’s inflight magazine, Voyeur. The story is online in the January 2017 issue and features an insider’s take on our favorite Hawaiian Island. The story proves once again that there is always something new to discover from a wonderful taco truck to the classic Hana Highway. Take a quick break from your winter and enjoy a stroll on the island of Maui. Mahalo for visiting and a hui ho!
“X Marks the Spot,” is the title of my most recently published feature about Maui. I worked closely with travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy to put together a story about this remote Pacific island for the UK edition of National Geographic Traveller Magazine. Andrew used to have a place here and I still do, so we both know it well. We were able to meet for lunch, (a luxury in the modern age of journalism), exchange ideas and hatch a plan to cover this beautiful place.
After we settled on our subjects, we parted ways and went to work. The result? An eloquent, accurate and pretty article about my favorite place on Earth. You can read the article and see a few pictures online here. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the UK, you can pick the magazine up on newsstands now as it’s published in the November 2016 issue.
Let ‘er buck! That’s the phrase that rings throughout the small town of Pendleton, Oregon during the second full week of September where over 50,000 people descend to watch or participate in the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo. This rodeo is unique in that since its inception in 1910 it has included a large Native American presence. Over 300 tee pees are set up on the rodeo grounds where members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla gather to visit with one another and participate in displays of their culture. One of my favorite events was the Indian Relay race where members of several tribes compete in a bareback horse race around the track. It’s mind blowing to think that these athletes are able to ride at tremendous speed without the need for saddles, spurs or any of the other trappings of horse racing to which I am accustomed. On the Saturday morning of the big rodeo weekend, the tribes invite the public to come down to the grass field of the stadium and watch as the tribal dance competitions take place. There is drumming, singing and dancing where contestants are divided up by age and gender, then judged on their dancing skills. Below are some of my favorite images from the 4 days that I covered just last weekend. Enjoy and let ‘er buck!
Pendleton has long been known for the Round Up, a rodeo that has been drawing thousands since its inception in 1910. The city as a travel destination unto itself is a relatively new phenomenon. Situated about 3 hours east of Portland in the high desert, Pendleton is a classic Western town. One of the biggest draws is to visit the Pendleton Woolen Mills. Now, you can sample craft beer, order custom cowboy boots, shop the antique stores, have a great steak dinner in a beautiful, Western themed restaurant and visit a contemporary art space. I recently had the chance to spend some time there photographing a story about some of the city’s craftsmen. Below are a few of my favorite pictures from the shoot. Check out the story online at TravelOregon.com.
A while back, I had the pleasure of photographing Paul Theroux, the famed travel writer, at his home on the island of Oahu for a story for Smithsonian Magazine. I also collected sound and video for a short piece for the online magazine.
I uploaded it to my Vimeo channel so that you can see this short piece about the art of hula in Hawaii.
Aloha and a hui ho!<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/178621129″>The Meaning Behind Hula</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/susanseubert”>Susan Seubert</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
This week I was given the keys to Smithsonian Magazine’s Instagram account. My home base is Portland, Oregon and I love this city because not only is it beautiful, the community here is full of interesting and engaging people. This week gave me an opportunity to share with the world some of the iconic people and places that I hold near and dear to my heart here in the Pacific Northwest. Below are a few of the images from the project. Please continue to follow me on my Instagram account @susanseubert
Have a beautiful summer!
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.