I’ve heard of Sebastião Salgado over the years, and maybe even looked at his work here and there, but until very recently I can’t say I knew much about the man or his work. As I was browsing online I ran into a trailer of a documentary on him and that changed everything. I began looking on the web at Salgado’s work and was simply brought to tears. Working strictly in black and white, his work is powerful and the images can truly move one’s soul.
The first volume I picked up is Genesis, an incredible collection of untouched landscapes from across the globe as well as peoples still living mostly by ancient traditions. I highly recommend this masterpiece. Spend several days absorbing the imagery.
Genesis by Sebastião Salgado
Also, have a look at the incredibly filmed documentary (by his son) TheSalt of the Earth. Here you will find not just the breathtaking vistas but also incredibly moving, often devastating, portraits of humanity. Sebastião Salgado has witnessed more than most of us ever will, and was himself moved to breaking point from all he experienced. In the film you will find an incredible portrait of him that’s worth knowing. There is much hope in what he shares.
The Salt of the Earth
Both can be picked up at Amazon, among other places. I’m now spending some time leafing through Salgado’s Africa.
I’ll close my 2015 in review with the following two images from the Olympic coast. It was early November, winter was in the air with plenty of lowland rain and snow in the mountains. We had Heather’s sister visiting from Ohio and we wanted to expose her to some of the beauty of Washington despite unfavorable weather.
We hoped to make it up to Hurricane Ridge but due to heavy snow the park closed all access…with dangerous drop-offs, a good idea in my book. We stuck to lowland forests, which revealed massive cedars and stately bigleaf maples covered with gorgeous mosses. But the highlight was definitely seeing the Pacific Ocean…first time for Beth. We chose the scenic Rialto Beach within Olympic National Park.
Beach stones, Rialto Beach | Washington
The beach has no sand, just pebbles of all sizes and colors. I was attracted to the two larger stones standing watch over the smaller ones.
It was great to see Beth’s excitement, which in turn also added to our excitement. For us it was also the first visit to this area in over four years and we couldn’t believe that. The area is so gorgeous, the beach with its stones and pebbles and massive logs, shadows of enormous trees ripped out by storms from Canada’s and Alaska’s coastal forests to the north…and most likely as far as Russia. Also grand seastacks. It was healing to listen to the pounding waves and to watch the light. There was a grand tree log dancing in the waves but it would have to wait for a storm to come ashore….
Despite a at times very gloomy day, the clouds parted in late afternoon and treated us to a grand sunset. It was a great journey indeed.
Rialto Beach sunset, Olympic National Park | Washington