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The Photographers on BeyondTaos

Introductions by Janet Webb, Owner/Publisher of Beyond Taos

Geraint Smith
When I first met Geraint in the early '90s, I knew him as a maker of fine furniture. It wasn't till a few years later that I learned he also took pictures. We--the Webb Design designers and myself--were knocked out by the elegance and drama of his landscape photos and began buying stock photography for use in the various New Mexico tourism guides, ads, and websites we produced.

Geraint's full portfolio can be seen at geraintsmith.com. He leads photo safaris around northern New Mexico (he knows all the good spots and times of day for spectacular shots) and teaches small photo workshops on a regular basis. Many of his landscapes can be purchased as both note cards and frameable prints.

Paula Valentine
This woman, Paula, is a true Taos eccentric! I've never seen her without a camera slung over her shoulder. She has a sly sense of humor that can be seen in many of her photographs that often include animals and birds and the remnants of human life within the landscape.

Paula sells digital prints of her work, which she describes as "not been digitally altered beyond standard optimization, removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast."

Gak Stonn
I've know Gak for just a few years now but it seems like I see him everywhere -- at theatre performances with his wife and little Spyro and at art openings and by the Rio on summer days.

Gak's expertise, in my opinion, is panoramic photography. He has a way of digitally stitching together a series of images to create a panorama accurate to how the eye sees, but not at all like a moving lens panorama appears. My favorites are his historic churches panoramas. He's also a PhotoShop and giclee digital printing expert, working at Barry Norris Digital Studio here in Taos.

Ron Weathers
I met Ron through Webb Design's work with the Town of Red River and Red River Ski Area. Ron's day job is working with Carl Brown (another great photographer) at the ski area and on the Rio Grande taking tourist souvenir photos for Southern Exposure.

Ron travels throughout northern New Mexico capturing the beauty of the landscape. I ran into him once in the open gondola car on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. His personal fine art photography portfolio can be seen on his website, Mountain Mist Photography.

Jim O'Donnell
Archaeology, conservation, culture, science, and good food and drink are just a few of the driving factors behind award-winning author and photographer Jim O’Donnell.

His work has appeared in National Geographic Maps, New Mexico Magazine, Perspective Travel, Ski Country, High Country, and several anthologies including From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall, Facing the Change and Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why. He can also be found at his website www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com.

 

 

Geraint Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paula Valentine

 

 

 


 

 

Gak Stonn

 

 


 

 

 

Ron Weathers

 


 

 

 

 

Jim O'Donnell