DATE: August 1998
SUBJECT: Exclusive Interviews with Art Wolfe
USA – VanFossen Productions is eager to announce that Lorelle VanFossen will be having two exclusive interview articles published about the work of world famous nature photographer, Art Wolfe. One will be in the September issue of Shutterbug, in the United States, and the other will be in the August issue of Photo Technique, in the United Kingdom.
Having published more than 60 books, and spending about 10 months a year on the road, connecting with Art Wolfe for a personal interview was a challenge. Combined with the fact that Lorelle and Brent VanFossen, fellow nature photographers and writers, are also traveling full-time on the road and working from their 30-foot trailer, changing locations every few days or weeks, this is indeed an achievement to bring all the parties together for these two articles. While Lorelle and Brent have interviewed subjects and written about photography, nature, and travel for many years, these articles were especially difficult.
“It wasn’t easy,” Lorelle admits. “I called him when he was between trips at his home in Seattle, but while we were still moving. One interview was done while we were in Sarasota, Florida, and the next in Charleston, South Carolina, and the follow through was done from Greensboro, North Carolina. Whew! It exhausts me even to explain it.”
The Shutterbug article highlights Art Wolfe’s life achievements as an artist and photographer, how he sees the world and what motivates him to keep going, chasing the beauty in natural and ethnically diverse worlds. As a frustrated painter, he turned to photography for some quick money to help him through school, and while he longs to return to painting, always carrying a sketch book in the field, his photography took over his life, entering a world of book publishing and stock photography that is unprecedented in history. “I’m always thinking about the next book the next idea, the next location,” Wolfe admits that the fear of burnout may contribute to his driving energy and determination. “It’s that fear of not moving on to something new that gets to me. I’m very easily bored!”
The article for Photo Technique in England is another exclusive and a first look at Wolfe’s newest book, “Rainforests of the World”, a life-long obsession of his. “We must leave a legacy for future generations. We need to be wise and pass on that wisdom to our children so the rainforest, and nature, will be variable forever.” Over the years, Art made many visits to South and Central America, Africa, and Asia, also spending time closer to his home in the Pacific Northwest Olympic rainforests. “The planet is so dependent upon the rainforests for survival. I felt that I just had to tell its full story.”
Shutterbug and Photo Technique are available on newsstands. You can find out more about Lorelle and Brent VanFossen, and their life on the road, on their web site at www.cameraontheroad.com. You can also find out more about Art Wolfe on his own web site, www.artwolfe.com.
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