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
Lava Trees State Park, Hawaii. These spectral forest figures were formed in 1790 when an eruption from Kilauea covered the ‘Ōhi’a trees with lava up to 11 feet deep. When a fissure opened and the lava drained away, the lava skeletons of the trees were left standing. I’ve photographed other lava trees in many locations, but these are my favorites, both because of their size and the fine bark imprints but also because of the lush surrounding vegetation.