Foliage Skiing on ESPN

While there may not be much more than fallen leaves covering the valleys, colder temps have enabled snow to fall in our local mountains several times already this month. With good color still clinging to the hardwood trees, it’s a real treat to out in the snow this time of year. Foliage skiing, as we tend to call it around here, has become an annual pastime…seasonally appropriate adventure at its best. We recently published a short writeup and photo essay on the subject on ESPN.com. You can check it out HERE.
Happy fall!

– Brian and Emily

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SKI’s 2011 Best Photos of the Year

One of our images – captured while skiing along Iceland’s southern coast and in view of the mighty Vatnajokull glacier – was recently selected as one of SKI Magazine’s 2011 Best Photos of the Year. You can take a peek at the image online here and below. What a sweet day of skiing that was above the wild north Atlantic!

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Iceland Photo in Outside Magazine

We’re happy to report that one of our favorite images was recently selected for publication in the “Exposure” section of Outside Magazine’s June 2010 issue (page 10) – which is on newstands now. It’s an image that Emily and I captured while searching for an underground hot spring in the Myvatn geothermal area in north central Iceland last spring. Emily crawled down into this fissure to sniff out the spring, and we enjoyed some incredible time in its soothing, hot waters before heading out for an early evening ski tour on a nearby volcano. (Look below for an image taken inside the underground hot spring.)

Says Amy Silverman, Outside’s Associate Photo Editor, “When I’m looking for images that work for the Exposure section, one of the most popular sections of the magazine, I don’t know exactly what will work until I see it and it clicks. Brian and Emily sent me some of their work from Iceland and, when I saw the image we ended up using, I knew immediately that it would make a great Exposure. It was the shot that made me stop and say, “Wow! That’s amazing!!” It’s a beautiful photo but more than that it’s something you rarely see.”

There’s also a great story, penned by Patrick Symmes, in Outside’s June issue about the controversy surrounding the proposed damming of Chilean Patagonia’s Rio Baker Valley – a region which we have explored on our bikes, feet and skis over the years.  Here’s a page on our website dedicated to our experiences in Patagonia’s Rio Baker region….LINK.

Food is Happening – Northern Woodlands Feature

Having planted much of our veggie garden before setting off to Norway in late April, we’ve been able to enjoy (i.e. eat!) an increasing abundance of food since our return to Vermont two weeks back. Huge salads of mixed greens, crunchy spinach, and some tears of chard tossed with sliced radishes, shredded beets and cabbage (still from last season, staying cool in the fridge!), shredded carrots (purchased), some sprouted grains, a neighbor’s goat cheese and more…have been the rule.  Occasionally, we grill up a little meat from our neighbor’s pigs, chickens and cows, too, to throw on top of the salad. Or perhaps we’ll sprinkle on some slivered almonds, sliced apples… And when we’re feeling really crazy, we’ll lay on a fried or poached egg or two – Chilean style! Yum.

There’s no doubt that the garden is the foundation of our diet during the warmer months, and increasingly, year round. Our love for fresh, healthy food is also responsible for an evolving focus in our photography and documentary work around Vermont’s emerging local food economy, edible landscaping and modern homesteading. On this note, be sure to check out our friend Ben Hewitt’s incredible new book, The Town that Food Saved.

This month, Northern Woodlands ran a feature story on the subject of “forest gardening”.  The story opens with our photo we captured of Ben Falk, of Whole Systems Design (a friend and neighbor here in Moretown), tending to his fruit trees by cutting and mulching with deep-rooting comfrey growing beneath them. Northern Woodlands magazine is a publication of the non-profit Center for Northern Woodlands Education, Inc. based in Corinth, VT. It’s distributed primarily in the northeastern U.S., and it offers a forward thinking perpsective on how we use, develop and live within our forest-dominated environment.  Take a peek at the clip below:

Shooting for the New York Times

We’ve been shooting for the New York Times a bit more this winter, covering snowcat skiing at Sugarbush, skiing at historic Pico Mountain, and yurt life at Tenney Mountain, NH. Stay tuned for these stories in the Friday “Escapes” department of the New York Times – both in print, and online. Here’s a snap from this past Thursday at Pico…

Our Photos in the Times Argus – Supporting the VNRC

Last week, in Vermont’s Times Argus newspaper, a photo of ours opened a story, authored by correspondent Jake Brown, about ATV use on Vermont’s public lands. See our photo and the story HERE.

Since December 2008, we have been working with Vermont’s Natural Resources Council (VNRC) by providing them with images they can use for their ongoing website, fundraising, media and membership communications. We’ve also donated some of our fine-art photography to an auction the VRNC organizes in conjunction with the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, hosted by the VRNC in Burlington every fall.

The VNRC is Vermont’s leading statewide organization dedicated to protecting our natural resources and our environment through research, education and advocacy. We feel lucky to have organizations like the VNRC that are working hard to protect the great things we love about life in Vermont. Please check out their website, and if you support their work, consider supporting them with a donation of money, your time or membership.

Our Latest Exhibit!

Friends-

Come visit beautiful downtown Bristol, Vermont and check out our latest exhibit at the Bristol Bakery & Cafe. The exhibit features new work, as well as some of our favorites, and will be up July 13 – Aug 13. Proceeds from this show will help to support the work we do with Vermont’s Green Mountain Club (GMC) and Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC), and our first five print buyers will also receive a gift certificate to the Bakery. We’ll hope to see you soon!

-Brian and Emily

(PS – Read press release about the show below the poster image below)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     July 9, 2009

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Wild People, Wild Places Opens in Downtown Bristol, VT

Photographic Exhibit Promotes Human-Powered Adventure, Wild Places

Bristol, VT – Moretown, VT based photographers Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson, regular contributors to the outdoor media – including Vermont Life, Skiing and Backcountry magazines – will bring their Wild People, Wild Places exhibit to the Bristol Bakery & Café in downtown Bristol, VT this July 13 through August 13, 2009. The exhibit more than twenty color and black & white images captured by the couple while adventuring on foot, skis, by bicycle and canoe – close to home here in Vermont and as far away as the southern Andes or the high Arctic.

“It is our hope that our images inspire others to enjoy and to help protect our state’s and our planet’s most amazing places,” says Mohr. “Reducing our energy and material consumption, buying locally, and supporting land and water conservation projects are just a few of the things we can do to ensure that our great, great grandkids can enjoy the kind of outdoor experiences we are lucky enough to have today.”

Adorning the main brick wall of the Bristol Bakery & Café from July 13 – Aug 13, 2009, the exhibit will be free and open to the public during the café’s normal business hours: Monday through Friday 6:30am – 3pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays 7:30am – 3pm. All photographs will be for sale, and 1% of all proceeds will be donated to conservation efforts here in Vermont.

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson are co-owners of Ember Photography. They specialize in capturing striking outdoor images for a variety of editorial, non-profit and commercial clients, while taking on numerous wedding portrait and fine-art shoots.  This latest exhibit is part of the ever-evolving Wild People, Wild Places project – a series of fine art exhibits and multi-media slideshows launched in 2005 – dedicated to the enjoyment and protection of wild places.  For more information, go to www.emberphoto.com.

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Backcountry, VT Sports, Vermont Life

We are lucky here in Vermont to have a great selection of locally-produced publications. Working with them is especially fun in that it often motivates us to focus on what around us, close to home. Be it surfing the Mad River, running Vermont’s highest ridgelines or skiing the forgotten backcountry of Hedgehog Knoll, you’ll often get a taste of what we are up to when you pick up one of these fine Vermont publications. Stay tuned to the portfolio section of our website, too, to view a regularly updated archive of the work we publish.

Below are a few recent clips from a recent issue of Backcountry Magazine, Vermont Sports and the summer 09 issue of Vermont Life (on newstands now). Vermont Sports is a monthly publication covering outdoor sports and adventure in Vermont, and is free at most fine outdoor, ski and bike shops across the state. Backcountry is based in Jeffersonville, VT. Subscriptions are a great way to support these publications.