Photo by @catherinekarnow // It’s such a crazy story how I met Luciano ten years ago. I was scouting for my Italy Photo Workshop, soon to be its ninth year (May 8 - 17, 2019), and looking for all sorts of interesting places and subjects I could incorporate into a workshop of variety, depth, beauty, #amusement and #charm. I was on a busy road outside Viterbo with my producer, when this cute little vintage Fiat 500 zipped by us. “Oh”, I exclaimed, “we should find a car club with those cute Cinquecentos - wonder if that guy knows one, let’s ask him!” We sped up to come alongside him and madly gestured for him to pull over. At first he looked terrified, but when he saw it was just us two girls, he acquiesced and pulled over, getting out of the car to greet us. He seemed a bit confused as to what a photo workshop was, but he was indeed a car club member and gave us the president’s contact info. Then he invited us to see his other two #Cinquecentos in his garage nearby. This photo was taken in his cave of a garage - in fact a cave dating to Etruscan times, he told us. That was almost a decade ago, and now Luciano and I are dear friends. Every year he and the local Cinquecento Club meet us and our workshop guests for a car parade through a nearby ancient village. We end the day with the drivers treating us to gelato and final hugs until next year. Follow me @catherinekarnow to see more photos of #Umbria and the characters we meet. Head over to my profile to sign up! Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org@thephotosociety@natgeo#photoworkshopitaly#oldworldcharm#smallboutiquetravel#inspirationaltravel#solotraveler#catherinekarnowsignaturephotoworkshops
Photo by @jodicobbphoto // The flooding in Venice (“acqua alta”) last month equaled the 61 inches (156 cm) that it reached when I made these photographs a few years ago —one of the most severe floods since records have been kept. || The high water in the iconic Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Place) is incredibly damaging but deceptively beautiful when flooded. Swipe for a closer view of a reflection of one of the distinctive buildings surrounding the square in the receding waters as the flood subsides.|| Acqua Alta is caused when seasonal rain, astronomical tides and strong winds combine to interfere with the water outflow from the lagoon. Human activity has contributed to other natural causes: subsidence (natural sinking of soil level) and rising sea levels. #Venice#acquaalta@natgeo@thephotosociety@natgeocreative
Western Pennsylvania. Photo by @ScottGoldsmithPhoto // Drivers beware. Especially during deer mating & hunting season, which peaks between October and December in the Eastern US. Deer are out in full force and more likely to venture onto roads at dusk.
Bengal tiger close up – I wanted to share with you today another old image that I’ve reworked recently. It represented one of the most thrilling moments of my entire wildlife photographic career, an incident that I’ve spoken about here on recent tiger images. To cut a long story short this young male tiger and his sibling came bounding onto a forest track just after our vehicle passed and as I dropped down from my standing position to retrieve my camera the sudden movement triggered something in this tigers natural predatory instincts. He seemed to become fixated on me and solely me, even though my uncle was sitting right next to me, though Rick would have represented a far less substantial and far more bony snack than I. In this moment the tiger had jumped onto an elevated roadside rock right next to our vehicle but rather than start up the engine and risk disturbing the inquisitive cats we simply sat and watched. This one was just a couple of metres away and my uncle and I were in the back of what is called a Gypsy, a vehicle with no doors, no windscreen and no sides at all. As we sat there quietly photographing the lounging cat his interest suddenly peaked again, in me. His eyes, as you can see were quite interested, his head lowered. At this point I could see what was unfolding and I asked Satyendra, our guide, friend and Bandhavgarh legend what we should do. I don’t remember what he said. I was conflicted, the photographer in me came to the fore. Right in front of the tigers nose was a really annoying piece of sunlit grass, a piece of grass who’s impact I’ve managed to sufficiently reduce in this re-worked image but you can still see it, and it was running my image. All I had to do was slide slowly to the left, just a few inches but I was paralysed. Something in this tigers look told me not to, it would be bad for me but much, much more importantly it would be bad for him. I can still feel my heart racing now but I never did move, I never did get a clean shot but in terms of a one on one with arguably the most spectacular cat on Earth, nothing since has ever come close. @andyparkinsonphoto
Photo by @FransLanting Blond fur seals are a rare color phase among the hundreds of thousands of black seals that are born on the beaches of frigid South Georgia in the sub-Antarctic. This young pup stood out so much from its neighbors that I easily returned to it day after day to follow it on its wanderings through the crowded colony. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more encounters with the wild inhabitants of South Georgia Island. #FurSeal#Antarctica#SouthGeorgia#Wildlife
Photo by Nathan Benn // Man with cat. Actually, it’s Tennessee Williams with his cat in Key West. I took this picture in 1981 in his windowless studio behind his house in Key West. Mr. Williams worked several hours each morning at a manual typewriter without distraction before eating a meal and going for a swim. A parrot and bulldog kept company with the cat. Sadly, the greatest American playwright of the 20th Century died just a couple years later and this is one of the last pictures in his lifetime.
I photographed Mr. Williams for a Florida state story in National Geographic Magazine. My pictures from that coverage are the subject of a major exhibition in Miami and a 200-page book published by PowerHouse Books. The book is available on Amazon at:
www.amazon.com/Peculiar-Paradise-Florida-Photographs/dp/1576879011/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543592431&sr=1-1&keywords=a+peculiar+paradise&fbclid=IwAR0HonRosU5YrZpghBRyX1iHA142CMeCZWpMk9ulzRrClhInAxpORrLjkDI “A Peculiar Paradise: Florida Photographs” exhibition will be up at HistoryMiami Museum until April 14, 2019.