Every new blog needs a starting point. While this website and blog are being created 'post project', I thought it only appropriate that I start with a short recap.
The National Parks Photography Project was created as a tribute to the Centennial Anniversary of America's National Park Service, founded in 1916. The project took five years to complete. Over 160,000 miles of driving to every national park in the Lower 48 (multiple times in many cases), plus flights to Alaska, Hawaii and American Samoa. All 59 national parks were photographed in black and white, as a timeless bridge back to the past century, and because black and white is what I specialize in.
The photography was completed in October 2015 and the exhibit opened on November 30, 2015 at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. I was honored to have George and Barbara Bush in attendance for the opening event AND to have acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (no relation) with me on stage that night for a special program discussing America's national parks just prior to the exhibit doors opening.
From November 30, 2015 through the Centennial year of 2016 the exhibit traveled to six museums and had a total combined venue attendance of approximately 297,000 people. I was very happy with that!