‘The Changing Range of Light: Portraits of the Sierra Nevada’
Elizabeth Carmel’s passion for the Sierra Nevada is captured in her new publication: “The Changing Range of Light,” which combines the artistry of landscape images with information from climate change scientists, poetry and text vignettes.
The vignettes are readable and understandable to lay people, while the collection of photographs using a 40 megapixel medium format digital camera capture the details of the Sierra Nevada range winter, spring summer and fall.
When asked what her favorite Sierra Nevada focus is Carmel replied: “I more love the changing seasons, the high country Spring wildflowers, the quiet winter with dramatic clouds.”
Her love for the Sierra Nevada grew in the foothills, when she lived in Coloma, Calif. Carmel spent years traveling the backcountry, skiing, hiking and whitewater kayaking. Her interest in photography began as a teenager, and peaked with the advent of high resolution digital photography, where she now treks the path to preserve what John Muir coined in the 1800s the “Range of Light.” His writings and Ansel Adams’ photography were instrumental in protecting important regions of the Sierra, including Kings Canyon National Park. Adams worked tirelessly with the Sierra Club, founded by John Muir, to help the nation appreciate and protect the natural heritage of the Sierra.
“We are fortunate the previous generations protected the wild qualities of the Sierra, because so many areas are relatively unspoiled,” Carmel said.
Her prints are mostly of the pristine, untouched by the hand of man, with subtle details of color and clarity. Carmel’s book is a visual banquet and a smorgasbord of information. There is endless information for those who want to dive into it, as footnotes and contributions by noted climate change scientists Robert Coats, Ph.D. and Geoffrey Schladow, Ph.D. Coast has extensive first hand knowledge of the Sierra and Schladow is with the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village.
A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, in Environmental Science, Carmel is interested in protecting environmentally sensitive areas, and hopes to be influential in educating the public about the issue of climate change. On a local level, she and her husband Olof have been supportive of the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and did extensive photography to help preserve Waddle Ranch. Proceeds from an earlier publication, “Brilliant Waters,” raised close to $6,000 for the Land Trust.
In accordance with their support, Olof and Elizabeth Carmel are partnering with the Truckee Donner Land Trust to host a book launch event at the Carmel Gallery in Truckee Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Signed copies of “The Changing Range of Light” and “Brilliant Waters” will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Land Trust. Saturday’s book signing is the only time the proceeds will benefit the Land Trust.
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