Thursday, June 13, 2019

Pacific North West here I come

Hi Gang,

Tortuga Brother Carl here.  I have been asked quite a bit about the purpose of my trip out to the Pacific North West that I am leaving for on Monday.  Am I making a book?  Am I planning a show of the images? these and questions like them have been asked since I announced I would be going on this trip.  The really simple answer is I don't know, maybe... I have no agenda other than to do some artistic exploration in an area I have never been before.  It is new to me.  There is nothing quite so thrilling to me as  shooting someplace new with a camera.  New places and reactions to a new environment always thrill me.  I will record a couple of interviews with Shawn Moss for the podcasts, but it is likely they will not be posted until I return in early July.  The other notion I have is to take a step back from the noise of constant news and technology 24/7.  My mind needs the quiet because the base line news level has been become a louder and louder hum in my ears and grows daily.  being exposed to all of the deviseness and hate mongering in our news feeds can't be good for any of us.  To really experience nature and be able to capture it this noise needs to be shed like a dirty shirt.  For that reason I purposefully plan to interact less with the internet and social media.  I may surface for a post here and there to share the joy of what I am seeing and then slip quietly back beneath the surface of the noise.

What will I be doing then?  I will start with exploring Portland.  this funky city is just the right start for me to reset my mind and clear out the clutter.  While in Portland I'll be meeting up with my friends Jen and Ron who moved to Portland six months ago.  After Portland I will meet up with my friend Shawn Moss who is on a four moth journey photographing the U.S.  We will camp, hike, photograph and explore the Columbia Gorge and coastal Oregon and Washington.  The trip will conclude in Seattle where I explore the city for a few days and also meet up with my cousin Debbie for dinner.  We have not seen each other since I was a very small boy in NY but have become friendly over Facebook in the last few years.  OK, so not all of social media is evil.  Reconnecting with family and friends has been the thing that keeps me connected FB and Instagram etc.  

Living simply in nature and focusing on my photography feels like the perfect tonic for today's political, technology stressed out blues we all can get.  I'm going to keep a journal, yes a real paper and ink journal of my thoughts along the way that may find their way here or in a podcast or even to accompany photographs at some point.  I am creatively open to what I find when I open myself up to hearing the natural world.  I think of this trip as being like one of my swamp walks on steroids.

Following Seattle I will fly to California where I will meet up with Wendy and spend time with my Brother, Doug and my Sister-in-Law Staci.  A quick trip to wine country with family seems like the perfect capstone for this trip.  It's possible you'll get a few posts here and there from me, but it is equally possible I will go silent until I get to California.  I am not even bringing my laptop.  I don't want to spend my time in nature editing my photos.  There will be plenty of time for that when I return to Florida.

Loggerhead 2020 or bust...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Clyde Part II and an update

Hi Fellow Tortuga Heads (I'm trying out nicknames for fans of the Flying Tortuga Brothers).

This week on Thursday we will release part II of the Clyde Butcher interview we did last week at his studio over in Venice Florida.  We can't wait to share it with you!

As Shannon and Carl drove across Florida just south of Lake Okeechobee through the farmland with the big skies they both got ideas for subjects for new artworks so I am certain they will both be back out that way this summer!

Speaking of goings on this summer Carl is leaving Florida in one week to meet up with photographer Shawn Moss in Portland Oregon.  Shawn is on a four month photo trek across the U.S.  Carl is joining Shawn for two weeks of camping and photography.  They will explore the Columbia River Gorge and then parks along the way out to the coast before following the coast North to Washington and ending up in Seattle.  It should be a great trip with a treasure trove of new photos and stories.  Carl will do a remote recording with Shawn for the podcast.  The interview will be used for Flying Tortuga Brothers as well as the IAMLAKEWORTH podcast as Shawn was also a subject in that project.

Shannon has a busy summer planned more paintings and poetry.  The watercolor below is 6x6" and was completed on Friday.  Shannon will be a regular fixture at the beach again this summer.  Look for his bike and his easel and you'll find him there painting.

During the interview Clyde Butcher mentioned that Big Cypress preserve also has an AIR residence program.  Carl will be applying for a two or three week residence for the 2019-2020 season.  It would be great experience as well as it would look great on the application for the Dry Tortugas.

That's about it for now from Tortugaville... Carl will be checking in with some remote updates from the Pacific Northwest.

Don't forget to check out part II of the Clyde interview this Thursday at Podbean or wherever you get your podcasts.

The plan is to update the blog weekly thru the summer months with posts and news about the podcast.

Carl and Shannon
The Flying Tortuga Brothers

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The interview with Clyde Butcher

Yesterday was the big day.  Shannon and I packed up the recording gear and the microphones and drove clear across Florida to Clyde Butcher's gallery and darkroom in Venice Fl.  We excitedly chatted about the interview on the three hour drive that took us just south of Lake Okeechobee.  Florida's big sky and farm country rolled by as we thought about meeting the photographer we have both admired for a long time.  Clyde did not disappoint!  we toured the gallery and darkroom and then sat down to an interview that lasted over an hour.  Shannon and I decided to split the interview into two parts and it will appear as two episodes on the Flying Tortuga Brothers Podcast.  The link here is to part one of the interview.

Here are a few photos taken while we were at the gallery with Clyde.

We'd like to thank Clyde for his generosity of time and sharing his wisdom on photography, the Everglades, art, the National Parks and the environment.  It was a great afternoon spent with one of my favorite all-time photographers.

Loggerhead 2020 or bust!
The Flying Tortuga Brothers

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Little Road Trip

The Flying Tortuga brothers are taking a road trip across Florida on 6/5 to Venice FL.  The destination is Clyde Butcher's gallery and darkroom for an interview with the Man himself.  Shannon and I are both big fan's of Mr butcher for his photography and his work raising awareness of the environment and especially the Everglades.

Tortuga brother Carl meeting Clyde at a book signing at his big Cypress Gallery.

We can think no better artist to be our first guest interview for the podcast.  Clyde is a legend for his beautiful photography and we will get to pick his brain   about artist in residence programs and his reflections on the Dry Tortugas.  We will record the interview Wednesday afternoon and the podcast will be posted on Thursday.

Loggerhead2020 or bust
The Flying Tortuga Brothers

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Episode three of the FTB podcast drops with big announcement

Howdy Friends!

Shannon and I recorded episode three of the Flying Tortuga Brothers this week and it dropped today.  Hear it here.  We talk about art, poetry, Loggerhead Key and we announce our first interview guest!  Next week we will be sitting down to interview none other than the great landscape photographer Clyde Butcher.  We will talk about photography, national parkland hopefully get some tips to help us get named Dry Tortugas Artists in Residence for September 2020!  We will tour Clydes Darkroom and gallery in Venice Fl.  Hopefully this will be the first of many excellent interviews revolving around the National Parks Arts FoundationArtist in Residence Programs.

Loggerhead 2020 or bust
Carl and Shannon