I wanted to share a very personal image and reflect on how grateful I am to be apart of the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries. I have a couple of images in the galleries that are located in La Jolla, CA - Maui, HI - Fort Lauderdale, FL and Laguna Beach, CA. Having these images in these galleries is humbling; however, at the same time I am excited and inspired to be amongst the greatest photographers in the world.
My vision is to capture the harmony of nature through photographs, and provide the viewer with a sense of awe and respect. I am committed to leaving a lasting impression and instill a deeper awareness of the natural world. In order to expansively and powerfully share my vision and mission with my photographs, these galleries have given me a wonderful medium and for that I am grateful.
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by Robbie George
GLOWING TREES AT SUNRISE, MATTAMUSKEET LAKE, NORTH CAROLINA, 2011
This is a really personal image because this is near the family farm in North Carolina where I used to go with my father. Lake Mattamuskeet is in a national wildlife refuge. There’s a Native American legend that attributes the formation of the lake to a fire that burned for fourteen moons. My father and I would visit it at sunrise and spend some really quality time that many young men these days don’t seem to get with their fathers.
I took the image a couple years after my father passed away. I put on waders and stood out in the lake with my tripod and camera. As I stood there, I thought about him and the times we spent at the farm; and all the things he taught me over the years. All the elements came together. The lake was calm; the clouds were unique; and the reflection of the cypress trees on the flat-water lake was like a reflection of my life with him. I still carry his spirit with me when I am in the field photographing and visit the lake every year to reconnect with him and reflect on our time together.
LOCATION: Mattamuskeet Lake, North Carolina
PHOTOGRAPH DATE: 2011
MEDIUM: Chromogenic Print