Meet Your Instructors: Guy Tal and Michael E. Gordon
|Guy Tal||Michael E. Gordon|
Guy Tal is a professional photographic artist, speaker, instructor and author. In his work, Guy seeks to create meaningful interpretations, bridging the gap between the realm of the objective and documentary, and that of thoughts and emotions inspired by wildness and wilderness.
Guy believes that the proper expression of gratitude for a life of adventure and inspiration is to pay it forward, and he does so in images, writing, speaking, and teaching. Few things are as rewarding to him as sharing some of the events, stories and images that have shaped his own journey, and the lessons they inspired.
Guy is a regular contributor to such photography publications as LensWork, On Landscape, Landscape Photography Magazine and others. His presentations and talks have earned high acclaim and he is regularly invited to speak at photography events. Among his many experiences, he was a soldier in the war-torn Middle East, a university teacher, a technology professional, a business owner, a Fortune-500 IT manager and consultant, an artist, a wilderness guide, a desert rat, and a resident of a small, rural desert town. He was privileged to witness and experience immense beauty, drama and tragedy, moments of blissful solitude on mountaintops and in the depths of canyons, and lasting friendships with amazing people and magical places, all of which culminate in his evocative imagery, writing and talks.
Guy's book More Than A Rock contains a variety of essays concerning life as an artist, wildness and his experiences exploring the deserts of the American West.
Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer best known for his black and white ‘Desert’series which, says Broughton Quarterly, portrays “stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.” A lifelong student of nature and wilderness, Michael’s intimate relationship with the natural world yields quiet images of depth and discovery.
Michael's photographs have been published in and on the covers of numerous magazines, web publications, calendars, textbooks, and music CD’s. He is represented by art galleries in the U.S. and Europe, and his fine art prints are held internationally in the private collections of the United States Embassy, Kaiser Permanente; Milken Family Foundation; The Wilderness Society, and many others. Publications and clients include Arte Fotográfico, Backpacker magazine; View Camera magazine; Rangefinder magazine; Broughton Quarterly; Pew Charitable Trusts; T-Mobile; Defenders magazine (Defenders of Wildlife); The Wilderness Society; Campaign for America's Wilderness; USDA Forest Service; Brooks/Cole, and many more. Awards and recognition include International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, and Black & White Spider Awards. In early 2015, Michael was a featured on-camera expert in an NHK Japan full-length Death Valley documentary film.
Michael's love for and commitment to the preservation of imperiled landscapes in California and the American West stretches beyond his photography. His 20-year service as volunteer ranger in the San Gorgonio Wilderness has earned him a President's Gold Volunteer Service award. He has served on the Board of Directors for the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy. His photographs have been instrumental in the campaigns of The Wilderness Society, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, and National Parks Conservation Association, and have helped to shape wildfire management policies, solar energy policies, and to advance federal Wilderness designation and expansion.
Michael’s photographic work and blog can be seen at his web site: michael-gordon.com