Scheduled for publication - October 2013
The publisher's description:
Having spent his entire life exploring the woods and hills of Tennessee, writer and artist Robert McGowan wrote these short essays to pay homage to the natural world he so loved. In essays such as "Bee," "Beetle," and "Turtles," McGowan marvels at the curious behaviors of small creatures. In "Tops," "Fences," and "Maple," he writes about trees-young trees he has seen grow and old trees he has watched rot and disappear into the earth. Be it animals, trees, ferns, flowers, or rocks, McGowan passionately and tenderly recounts his close observations of nature, often wondering about the woods of olden time and imagining the woods of tomorrow. The fine, unbreakable thread that winds through the book is the passing of time-life in the woods begins, grows, and dies. Through it all, McGowan shows the reader he is a man sustained by his sense of peace and contentment, for he knows that despite his concerns about yesterday and tomorrow, "there is only the current." The beautiful photography of Jeffrey Stoner adds vibrancy and vitality to this inspiring collection of nature essays.
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Photography Workshop - Virginia Highlands Festival - Abingdon VA
August 10, 2013 1pm-3pm
I will be presenting "The Fine Art of Photography" at the festival on the 10th and judged the festival's photography on August 1st. The contest images will be on display through the 11th.
The first photograph was made in 1826 and for the next three decades cameras were primarily used as a recording device. In the 1850s photographers began experimenting with their cameras and darkrooms to produce prints that were art and the images they produced with their rudimentary equipment were amazing.
Beginning in the 1890 photographer, publisher and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz set out to prove that photography was a medium as capable of artist expression as painting or sculpture. The acceptance of photography as a fine art is due to the lifelong efforts of Stieglitz and those visionaries that followed him.
The presentation will showcase the fascinating progression of the art of photography and tips and techniques that you can use to improve your own photography.
Exploring The Roan - Exhibition and Artist Talk - Johnson City TN
Exhibition - September 4th - 30th
Reception - September 6th - 6pm to 8pm
Artist Talk - September 6th - 5pm
This exhibition at the gallery of the Johnson City Area Arts Council will feature my images from the Roan Mountain Highlands. The Highlands are a unique area to explore and photograph. The Highlands have harsh snowy winters, acres of Catawba Rhododendron in spring, and the opportunity to hike the Appalachian Trail in August while enjoying the blueberries along the trail. And of course the angora goats that graze the Highlands in the summer as part of the Baatany Goat Project.
The Meaning in Trees - Portfolio
The Meaning in Trees is a new 44-page portfolio of my favorite tree images.
I was eight years old when I first had the desire to make an image. Walking outside after an overnight ice storm, I was mesmerized by an ice-covered tree glistening in the morning sun. I desperately wanted a camera to make that image.
My ongoing fascination with trees inspired me to make this special portfolio of my favorite tree images from the Mountain South to the Sea.
The Meaning in Trees may be purchased in print or as a digital download from my publisher. Autographed copies are available through my website.