I had a wonderful opportunity a couple weeks ago to visit a long admired artist and author in his home studio in Santa Cruz, CA. Ted Orland is a photographer and a writer, and co-author (with David Bayles) of Art and Fear, the best-selling book at Bluerock Gallery .
We had a lovely visit, and a tour of his current works in progress. For fun, he is taking street photos at night with a cheap camera - with the most ethereal results! And he is also working on a history of Yosemite, where he worked for many years as an assistant to Ansel Adams. Ted has quite a collection of old photos and postcards, and has also been given access to many more - so it will be a very interesting book when it comes out!
The book Art and Fear has been translated into many languages - and the French version in the photo wins the prize for the least attractive cover, but the two he is holding in the other photo are the most creative (he thinks) - in Russian (l) and Korean (r).
He gifted me a copy of the book Scenes of Wonder & Curiosity. And now we are friends. I love that. He lives the life of a creative soul, and sparkles with joy and happiness when he is sharing…