I have been asked to work on a special charter trip in September. Check it out and see if in works for you.
GOING FOR THE LIGHT
A GRAND CANYON PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION Led by David Edwards
The sole intent of this trip is to provide time for artists to work in the Grand Canyon. This means that we plan to visit places that have visual options and the right light. The light is the priority, so sometimes we will arrive at our destination early and wait. The light will guide our stops and layovers. A layover is a camp where you sleep in your tent twice.
We will have a discussion of our overall plan the evening before we launch and everyday during the trip. We will use maps and compass azimuths for the sunrise, sunset and moonrise. Please keep in mind that all commercial and most private (non- commercial) trips have hurried schedules to keep as they move from one attraction site to another. We are very different in that we are going to certain locations where artists will be able to get things done without time constraints. There is no way to guarantee that we will always get what we want but we will do our best. The better light will be in the morning and evening. In the middle hours of the day we will travel or use the time to prepare to work.
Time is of the essence. For example, if we make a bag lunch everyday we will have saved eighteen work hours by the end of the trip.
Our days will begin at sunrise. Supper will probably be in the dark so folks can work late. The food will be wonderful, so don’t bring any extra. We will have a lot of snack food. If, you have dietary restrictions or allergies let us know.
We have a list of clothing and equipment that each person can bring. As far as essential equipment, my suggestion is a Pelican 1510 box for SLR sized cameras. There are various sizes that will accommodate painters as well. Photographers need to bring extra batteries. We are not allowed to run a generator in the Grand Canyon National Park.
We will have a wet hatch for tripods and field easels but both need individual waterproof bags. The Colorado River water has a lot of salts and tripods will suffer corrosion if wet every day. A waterproof daypack will be needed to carry gear for hiking. Please bring heavy-duty freezer bags to keep sand off your equipment. In addition to the Tour West personal items list we will need the following:
• raingear top and bottom (good quality) • sandals (good condition) • bandannas • hiking shoes (light weight) and socks
• long pants for sun protection • shorts • long sleeve shirts
• umbrella for sun and rain while working • a chair or stool • brimmed hat with bronco strap • sunglasses
• 2 or 3 liter-size water bottles • gloves for hiking • hiking poles, if you like • a light warm sweater
• journal and pens • sun lotion • pocket knife • headlamp and back up flashlight and spare batteries • superglue
• a good book • handywipes with toiletries kit
On the evening of Saturday, September 19th we will meet at The Monte Vista Hotel at Aspen Avenue and San Francisco Street in downtown Flagstaff. The next morning we will have an orientation session, arrange and prepare gear and make last minute purchases before leaving Flagstaff by bus in the early afternoon for Marble Canyon which is five miles from Lee’s Ferry, our put in point. After dinner and a short orientation from a Tour West representative, we will have a planning session at Marble Canyon Lodge to discuss the trip. There will be maps, visual images of particular areas and talk of options. Folks are welcome to make
suggestions, requests or present ideas on the evening of the 20th –and also anytime during the course of the trip. The next morning, Sept 21st, we will launch and be on the water for the next 18 days. Take out will be at Diamond Creek on Thursday, October 8th. We will be driven back to Flagstaff where we will arrive at the Monte Vista Hotel in the afternoon. On Friday, October 9th the day will be spent editing images in preparation for a group presentation that evening.
Safety is our first priority and will be discussed thoroughly. All licensed guides have intensive training in Wilderness First Responder and on this trip one of the guides is an ER doc.
I am available for questions at the following numbers:
Studio/office: 928.779.1966 Mobile phone: 928.606.4663
Rivers and Oceans is handling all trip logistics and payments. Please contact Geoff Gourley with any questions:
Main: 800-473-4576 Direct: 928-440-2081 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last thoughts about our trip
The thrill of art often emerges from results unanticipated and is sometimes, frankly, surprising. The artist is as astonished as everyone else. This is true of photographers, painters, poets, writers, musicians, sculptors and ceramicists. We never know when something beyond our expectations will happen. All we can
do is try not to be too intimidated and work hard. As frustrating as it is to not be in control this is why we live: to persist and let art emerge. The intention of this trip is to make such moments possible.
Bring something you’d like to sip on during the evenings. We will stop on the way out of town to stock up. You will need enough for 18 – 19 days.
We will have musicians along, so if you play an instrument smaller than a grand piano, call us and we can brainstorm protective containers.
I will be working two Cataract Canyon river trips this June. The first is a scout trip June 16-20. The next week I will lead a trip that so far has only 5 passengers. The trip launches on Tuesday June 23 and finishes on Saturday June 27. The cost is $1000+ taxes and a shuttle ride back to Moab after the trip. The shuttle is by air and is about $140. If any would like to join this trip contact Tour West and tell them you are one of my people and sign on. I would love to share this five day adventure with you. If you want to ask me questions about the trip call my cell phone 435-262-0582.
Our trip will begin at Mineral Bottom on the Green River.
Cliff ruins on the Green River.
Hiking in the Doll’s House.
Great beach for camping at Brown Betty.
Big fun in the Big Drops.
Ancient granaries on the Doll’s House hike.
The view from the Cool Room.
Looking down on the Stove Pipe Camp.
The Confluence of the Colorado River and Green River.
Looking out from the Two-Holer.
The view from the Turk’s Head.
The other side of Turk’s Head.
Looking northeast from the Doll’s House.
In the Cool Room.
Ruin near the Green River.
Looking downstream from the ruin at Fort Bottom.
The cabin at Fort Bottom.
The ruin at Fort Bottom.
Lower Cataract Canyon.
Two old folks on the trail.
The Doll’s House.
Evening light after a storm on the Green River.
Morning light on the Colorado River.
36 hours of cooling and the wood burner is ready to unload.
Small covered pots
Mugs and small pitchers
Green bread bakers
Finished bread baker with bread
After a summer of river running, gardening and tending the orchard. I am turning my primary attention to potting again. I have made some pots over the summe rbetween thing but for the rest of the year will be pretty focused on the clay thing. Above are some bread pots I made yesterday and today and an image of one of them I made earlier this year with bread made by an artoist friend named Dan Barney.
I have agreed to teach a one week throwing workshop for Snow College in Ephraim, Utah as part of their Summer Snow program. The class will run June 3-7 and will focus of throwing and finishing green pots. There will not be a firing as part of this class. I want to use all of the available time on passing on forming techniques to the interested student.
I made this dish a long time ago. I was in grad school and had taken a couple of workshops taught by Bernard Leach apprentices Jeff Oestreich and Byron Temple. The piece shows the influence of both potters and their mentor. It was a transitional time for me. I had walked away from pottery making in 1983 and went back to school thinking I would get an MFA and teach at some college or university. For the first year of grad school I made only non vessel work. During the summer of 1984 I took these two workshops and started making pots again from a point almost 180 degrees from where I had left off. I had a lot of resistance from my graduate faculty which was good as it forced me to really examine what I was doing and articulate what in meant to me. I still thank all of them for that.
The dish is still in regular rotation in our kitchen and reminds me of that time.