I was trained as a musician and musicologist with side interests in the sciences and mathematics. Since 1973, I have been a photographer, exhibiting and publishing internationally. In 2002-2003, under the auspices of the National Science Foundation, I spent four months photographing the landscape and life in Antarctica. The show, traveled by the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service, opened at the Natural History Museum in D.C. and then toured for four years. Previous projects include exhibits on the Salton Sea in Southern California, power generating stations in the western United States, the medieval pilgrimage route across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the Japanese Relocation Camps from the 1940s, and the Santa Fe Trail. I have published 7 books, all dealing with human interaction with the landscape. See my work at joanmyers.com
The soul can not think without a picture. - Aristotle
Transit of Venus observatory, South Georgia, Antarctica. These remains at Moltke Harbor, visited by more penguins than humans over the last century, are from a German party led by Carl Schrader. They successfully observed the Venus transit in December of 1882.Today we enjoy the last transit of Venus of our lifetime!
Halema`uma`u Crater, Hawaii. Even when Kilauea isn’t producing fireworks, it reminds us that our planet isn’t as stable as we would like it to be. This photo was taken a few months ago when activity was minimal.
Elephant Island. On this day in 1916, Ernest Shackleton and five companions set off in a a small open dinghy, the James Caird, to obtain rescue for the rest of the expedition trapped on rugged, isolated Elephant Island after the loss of their ship Endurance. The men traveled some 800 miles across the stormy Southern Ocean to reach S. Georgia sixteen days later. The remaining men had to spend the next 3 months of the Antarctic winter on Elephant Island but were eventually rescued and returned home.
Coyotes, Yellowstone. Yellowstone Park, established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, was the first national park in the world. The best time to visit, I found, is in the winter. Animals run freely, few tourists visit, and it’s hard to take a bad photo.
Shackleton’s signature, Cape Royds, Antarctica. Today is the birthday of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922). He left this neat signature on his bunk in the hut at Cape Royds during the Nimrod Expedition.