Artist. Photographer for National Geographic. Founder of the Ancient Art Archive
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Even though I've shot pictures on every continent, some of my most iconic pictures have happened near home. This photo and the two that preceded it in my feed were all shot within 60 miles of my house. This pit , the Conley Hole is 165 feet deep and super impressive. On this particular trip my son and I took 2 of my closest friends @jbenson45 and @neilshea13 to the cave. #cave#tennessee
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It's called Fantastic Pit. An almost 600 foot deep shaft, it bores through the heart of Pigeon Mountain in North Georgia. Descending into the darkness you watch the walls go by and hear the zing of rope as you head deeper. The ceiling and floor far out of reach of your headlamp. It's an experience like no other I've ever had. Shot on assignment for @natgeo#cave
Deep in a cave on the Cumberland Plateau four caves illuminate the Rumble Room. This huge chamber was only discovered late last century. The only access to the massive room is via a 200 foot drop down the middle of the room. Shot on assignment for @natgeo with @alancressler#cave
The valley of the Rio Nalon
People have lived in this valley for at least 25,000 years and probably for much much longer. My family, the Alvarez part, comes from this valley as well. I shot this on assignment for @natgeo tracing the origins off human creativity.
Even before I founded @ancientartarchive rock art fascinated me. An eland detailed in a San rock art panel at Gamepass shelter in the Drakensburg Mountains, South Africa. The San have a rock art tradition that continues well into historic times. Rock shelters of the Drakensberg Mountains contain fantastic works of art. #san#southafrica#drakensburg
Clouds race over one of the sandstone towers in Utah's Valley of the Gods. This magnificent piece of San Juan County is part of the new Bears Ears National Monument. I love that we have so much public land in the United States. #keepitpublic
One of the wettest Julys I can remember. Usually by this point in the summer this waterfall is a trickle. #waterfall
Red eft from yesterday's walk. I love the intimate world of the forest floor. #redeft#newt
The sailing canoe Hokul'a off of Chuuk Lagoon. One of the greatest privileges of my career was joining the Polynesian Voyaging Society on a sail from Hawaii to Micronesia. These men and women sail the Pacific in an open, double hull canoe without any modern navigational aids. How do they do it? They are just the most oriented people I've ever known, just completely at home on the water. The PVS has just completed a multi year circumnavigation of the world congratulations to them! #hokul'a
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Till 7pm prints are available in the gallery. Follow the link in my profile for more information. #print
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The top of Comb Ridge in the Bears Ears National Monument. For a limited time get a signed print of this and other select Instagram images in my online gallery. Follow the link in my profile for more information. #Utah#print
For a limited time a print of this classic American landscape is available in the gallery. Follow the link in my profile.
The firefly obsession continues! By popular request I've put some firefly prints in my online gallery. Follow the link in my profile for more info. #firefly
Fireflies. Follow the link in my profile for prints
They are known by many names, big Dipper firefly, common eastern firefly, here on the Cumberland Plateau they are called Lightning Bugs. Photinus pyralis are the most common species of firefly in North America. Their distinctive light is a mating ritual, a way for lonely insects to find each other. They rise from the forest floor at dusk in a swarm of phosphorescence, searching for mates. They quickly pair up and the forest fades to darkness. The final image is a composite of all the firefly flashes in a 10 minute period. #firefly#lightningbug#tennessee
Late on a summer evening a Parisian pair make their way down Rue de Sévigné in Le Marais, Paris. Located above 48 degrees north, Paris has a long summer twilight that makes its evening so magical. #paris#france
Working on the @ancientartarchive photographing 14,000 year old reindeer drawings in a cave in Cantabria. Follow the link in my profile to go to the Archive website. The News section brings you up to date on what we are doing. #ancientartarchive
An ice cold #portrait for a summer day. It was 36 degrees below zero when I shot this. Even Jari, who lives on the Arctic Circle told me "yes we can go out on the lake, but we can't spend much time, it is too cold." #lapland
Fireflies have long facinated me. Growing up they entertained and confounded me. I remember chasing and capturing them as part of a wild, free ranging childhood. Later I came to read 3 of the most perfect sentences about the feelings that they stir by William Gay “There was something oddly restful about the fireflies. He couldn't put his finger on it but he drew comfort from it anyway. The way they'd seemed not separate entities but a single being, a moving river of light that flowed above the dark water like its negative image and attained a transient and fragile dominion over the provinces of night.” ― William Gay, Provinces of Night
From all over the world images written on cave and rock walls are humanity's oldest stories. The @AncientArtArchive helps preserve and explore our shred past. The @AncientArtArchive had a wonderful fundraising reception in Atlanta this week. Thank you to ArtsATL.com for sponsoring the event and thank you, Donna, for opening your beautiful home to us! A generous donor has offered to match any gifts given by July 6th so your giving goes twice as far. You can still receive a signed 6x9 print of 10 negative handprints with a $100 or greater donation. Follow the link in my profile for details.
Last night I got to tell the story of the first artists at a wonderful gathering for the @ancientartarchive in Atlanta. Thanks @donnajmintz for hosting and thanks @artsatlanta for sponsoring! As a species we start making paint in caves like these on the southern coast of Africa 100,000 years ago. Making art became part of the human survival strategy. Making images, understanding images became baked into our DNA. It is an honor to work on the @ancientartarchive and help explore and preserve humanity's oldest stories. Follow the link in my profile to join and support our work!
Fernbank Forest is a green, cool oasis inside the vastness of Atlanta. Walking these trails, it is hard to believe that I'm in the Southern United States largest urban area. @peteressick so looking forward to your coming show about this urban forest. #atlanta#fernbank
Negative handprints are the universal human symbol. They occur on 6 continents and across the entire span of modern human creativity. I’ve always thought of the handprint as the original selfie, the very first way that we marked our passage through the world. This month only join the Ancient Art Archive @ancientartarchive at the $100 or greater level and receive a signed 6x9 print of this image of Ten Negative Handprints from Fish Canyon, Utah. Your contribution helps preserve and explore humanity’s oldest stories. Just follow the link in my this profile.
The start of Summer and the red efts are changing color. They are becoming a less conspicuous version of the Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescen). At some point they migrate to streams and ponds to take on their aquatic form an look more like conventional salamanders. For now they still crowd the trails on my morning walk. #newt#home#tennessee
Happy Fathers Day! Here is my favorite man at one of our favorite places. Of all the gifts my father has given me one of the most precious is a love for the wild places in the world. Some of my earliest memories are of hiking and camping with him. It was Dad who first introduced me to the Grand Canyon. He taught me that there is value to keeping places wild and inaccessible. Dad for this and so much more, thank you and happy #Fathersday
Some rock art is so delicate and fantastic it captures the imagination. These are Barrier Canyon Style paintings that I photographed in Utah last year for the @Ancientartarchive. What do they mean? I don't know but the images repeat common themes in BCS art. Elongated figures, anthropomorphic images and that bird on the left. #utah