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Stamates’ ‘low impact’ wildlifes on display at Valhalla

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Visitors to the Tallac Historic Site for the Valhalla Summer Arts and Music Festival will be able to enjoy wildlife photography by Jim Stamates at the Artist in Residence Gallery (next to the Cultural Arts Store). His exhibit is open daily through Sunday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to the gallery can meet Stamates and ask questions about his work.

Stamates will be showing many new images, including bears from Taylor Creek, photo Impressionism, and a three-panel, 4-by 6-foot image on cloth, of the High Sierra. Stamates believes in “low impact photography.” This philosophy means recognizing that you are a visitor in the wild, respecting the nature around you, and being more concerned about the well-being of the subject than getting the photo. “There are plenty of times when I have sensed an animal is uncomfortable with my presence, so I’ve backed off,” Stamates said. “It meant sacrificing what I thought would be a great shot, but it was the right thing to do.”

When he is not on assignment, he guides tours to Costa Rica through In The Rhythm Tours. He also gives photo workshops locally and in the Rocky Mountains. Contact him at: (530) 577-4101;; or online at

For more information, call the Tahoe Tallac Association, sponsors of the Valhalla Arts and Music Festival at (530) 541-4975.