Niagara Falls, Rick Steves, Magara Falls Graceland discussed on Travel with Rick Steves


Yes. Oh, yeah, definitely fill gorgeous travel photographer. Thank you so much and best wishes with your photography. Your travels end highlighting the beautiful diversity in humanity on this planet. Thank you, Rick. We have links to Phil's work in the notes for today's show at Rick steves dot com. Slash radio up. Next, any liebowitz tells us what she photographed on a road trip across America from New England to Magara falls Graceland and the old southwest and later we're off to enjoy the photogenic island of Sicily. It's travel with Rick steves. She's who they call unto produce. The official photographs of people like Queen Elizabeth Bill Gates and Barack Obama and leading celebrities and entertainers. But for any liba she needed a road trip to see America in a new light in her book pilgrimage. Any brings us an intimate glimpse into the world of some extraordinary people without even looking at their faces any. Thanks for joining us. Glad to be here. You know, when we think any leave of its, we think faces and expressive bodies and so on, and this book you page through it, there's really not a face in it. What was your goal with this book? Well, it really was a an opportunity for down a different road. It was really an exercise in refilling myself backup. I, I was having a difficult time and you know, I just set out to look for emotional landscape and it started with the photograph I did at Niagara Falls with my children, sort of showing me that picture. And when I saw. What came out of it. It was that picture at Niagara Falls and also the pictures that I took it Emily Dickinson's house in Amherst. That sort of led me to believe that this would be an interesting journey to make a list of places that I've always been interested in or cared about her and just hit the road. Go out on the road and see what emotionally drew me in will. The cover of the book is certainly kind of a minimalist hit the road shot, and it is. It's just Niagara Falls, and it's the front end, the back cover in a collection of mostly homes and intimate little details about where mostly great Americans lived and were inspired. Why did you put Niagara Falls on the cover and the back cover of this book? Well, Niagara Falls is sort of a metaphor for me. I mean, first of all, I, we were on a day trip to Niagara Falls, and I was not having the best time because I was having difficulty with business meetings and and I was on the phone. I was being drawn away to talk on the phone and my children. They were having a pretty good time and they, they just sort of wall Stover to the falls and they were. They were mesmerized. They were looking at the falls and I, I walked up, you know, instead behind them and you know, looked over them and took a few pictures, and that's the cover of the book. So like any good Bob Dylan song, you know if it's either a beginning or an end, you know, you have to sort of decide, you know what you wanna make. I think what I love about the falls is that it's not taken for many special place. It's right on the walkway. This was going to ask you, this is everybody has this feud, but the way you photograph did it. It's got a sound track of its own even though it's just a photograph. Well, it's true with your seventy two, which I had this idea to go back to the seventy valley. And I worked on a Ansel Adams workshop in the eighties, and I remember stumbling across the view looking down the valley. And I, I remember thinking, oh my gosh, this is Angela Adams picture. This is, I guess, you know, almost anyone can take this picture. I'm Rick steves. This is travel with Rick steves. Were speaking with any liba of it any wrote, I'm interested in. How people live and how they do their work and how you translate that visually, whatever that is when I do my portrait work, which does have people in it, you know, I, I'm looking for the same things. I'm looking for the chair that they sat in. I'm looking for the view they looked out on. I've always been more interested in what people do and how they live more than necessarily who they are. So I, I don't really think of this work is being so different for my regular day to day work. He really is the no taking involved is sort of the peripheral vision you have when you when I go to take a portrait, you know, for a good portrait you have and this is what you're so masterful is catching people at ease. How do you catch a home Eddie's. One of the reasons I started the project and decided it was a good idea was that I was looking for a place or something that that resonated an emotional way that drew me and and some places it. It didn't work didn't work at all, and I had to maybe dig deeper or just walk away from it. I I seriously was was looking for Lincoln's, log cabin. I drove the whole heritage trail. I started at his boyhood home in Kentucky in, I'm sorry, his birthplace in Kentucky to

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