Natural Virginia: Panoramic Photographs

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Natural Landscape Photography, LLC, 2014 - Photography - 239 pages

A century ago, legendary photographer Edward Curtis set about to capture the traditional world of Native Americans before that world vanished. Now, Ben Greenberg has done the same for the natural areas of Virginia. Devoted to preserving and celebrating Virginia's diverse but sometimes threatened natural richness, Greenberg has spent years creating a collection of more than one hundred stunning images that range from the Commonwealth's most well-known to its rarely explored landscapes. By framing all of these photographs--whether of the Shenandoah Valley in full fall blaze or of Tidewater piers in the afterglow of sunset--as panoramas, Greenberg heightens the drama and immediacy of the moment, forging an enduring composite portrait that captures Virginia's natural heritage and at the same time reminds us of its fragility.

Natural Virginia divides the state into three regions: the Tidewater, Piedmont, and the Western mountains and valleys. The images in each, whether of a great blue heron emerging from river mists or of an almost leafless autumnal tree on Skyline Drive, convey a sense of grandeur while simultaneously inviting the viewer in to the intimacy of the settings, as though one might be able to smell the musk of the salt flats or to feel the brush of the fall wind. The photographs highlight the wide-ranging diversity of the Commonwealth's national and state parks, wildlife refuges and management areas, their rivers, lakes, mountains, and wild creatures. Deane Dozier's introductory essays to each region offer further insight into the geography and geology of Virginia.

About the author (2014)

Ben Greenberg is a lifelong resident of Virginia who moved to Charlottesville for the third time in 2002. His passion for photography began in 1970 when his oldest son was born. He has photographed scenic vistas in Virginia, the mid-Atlantic area and many locations throughout the United States. His carefully crafted landscape photographs have won local and national awards and competitions, including the International Grand Prize for the KINSA photography contest. They have been exhibited in numerous individual and group shows and are currently represented in galleries and shops in central Virginia. Ben also enjoys exhibiting his photographs in outdoor arts and crafts shows and has had numerous exhibits in the Richmond and Charlottesville. His images are displayed on his website: www.bengreenberg.com. Ben takes great pride in creating photographic images of the highest quality in color and black and white. He works hard to plan his visits to locations in the field at the perfect time during the day and year when it is most photogenic, and, if the weather or light is not optimal, Ben will revisit locations as many times as it takes to find successful images. He has used the best of traditional and cutting edge technology, film and digital. His photographic prints and all materials used in their presentation are prepared to meet archival quality standards. In recent years Ben has taken great pleasure in sharing his photography knowledge and skills with aspiring photographers through one-to-one mentoring as well as teaching classes, leading workshops and speaking to photography groups and clubs. Ben's first book, Natural Virginia, is scheduled to be published in early 2014. Natural Virginia celebrates Virginia as a state of remarkable diversity. Natural Virginia celebrates that varied and breathtaking scenery with more than 100 dramatic panoramic landscape photographs from every corner of the Commonwealth. The book is highlighted on the website, www.naturalvirginiabook.com. Ben's primary subjects are the scenic vistas of mountains, landscapes, rivers, lakes and shorelines of Virginia and the nation. Ben has also expanded his subjects to waterfowl, including great egrets, great blue herons, ospreys and eagles.

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