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Dale Armstrong
I just found out today. What a shock - and what a great loss to photography.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Ottawa, Ontario

Bob Richards
I just started taking Outdoor Photography Mag about 6 months ago. I really came to love Galen and his work. Galen saw things with an eye that the rest of us are trying to develope. Beauty is there to be found, and it can be created. Galen knew how to creat a one of a kind photograph. I think of him often as I'm out stomping around looking for natural beauty to be captured by my lens. Galen and Barbara will be greatly missed.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Abilene, Texas

Paul King
My heart is heavy today, as I just found out about the deaths of Galen and Barbara. Though I did not know Galen personally, his love for mountains and for climbing, and his special gift of composing photographs that speak a thousand words, definitely influenced my life. There are two photographers of nature who stand on a mountain above all others - Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell - I am sad that I was not able to meet either, yet they speak to me through their photographs. As I scale towering peaks, climb rock routes that push my limits, and drink in the beauty of the nature that surrounds me, I will often think of Galen and Ansel. In December, a photographer friend and I are travelling to southern Chile to photograph and write about endangered old-growth forests. We will do this project with Galen and Barbara in our thoughts and hearts.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Denver, Colorado

William Daryl Butterworth
I just wanted to give my heart felt thanks to Galen and his family for opening my eyes to how beautifull our world can be. I started photography as an amature after buying one of Galens books and still aspire to be as good as he was. I never photograph a beautifull sunset or a glorious dawn without thinking that this one may be worthy of Galens talent. I never knew him or his wife personaly but I think the world could see their soul in the work they did. The true test of a person is how bad they are missed when they are gone. Both Barbara and Galen are sorely missed by friends they knew and the ones the didn't. God bless the Rowell family. You will be in our prayers.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Georgia, USA

Roberto Canete
I will try to explain in english, because my lenguage is the spanish. Galen and Barbara through of the photography, colours, light and darks, did possible to show, life, sensibility, passion and inspiration. Thankful by their art. I want to condole his family and friends..... Kind regards Gracias por sus fotograf¹as.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Temuco, Chile

Ian Swarbrick
I have just read the sad news for the first time on the Internet. The book "Mountain light" was beyond compare in inspiring me to become an outdoor photographer, then a mountaineer, and later to turn pro doing the former.It hit the balance between art and science perfectly, like few other works. He`d become something of a guru to me ever since.Really the only one in this field, as far as I was concerned. Being over here in der Schweiz,I never got a chance to meet him.I will regret never having met him.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - St Gallen, Switzerland

John Verbruggen
Dear readers, to be honest I don't know Galen personally or do know all of his work. But recently I bought his book "Galen Rowells Inner game of outdoor photography". There is one photo that is really burned down on my retina: the picture of the Bhuddist monestary 'Rainbow over Potola'. I am just at the start of my photograpic carreer, but one day I hope to shoot a picture with only half the impact of this picture. If acomplish this, my carreer wil be more than succesfull... To all the relatives and friends of Galen and Barbera I want to say that this tragic loss is fellt by anyone in the world of landscape and nature photograpy and we will miss them as great inspirators.... I am sad by by the thougth that it is impossible to take a class with him.... I want to condole his family and friends and his book will be my study soon ..... Kind regards John Verbruggen
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - IJsselstein, The Netherlands

Jason Curteis
It's sad to know that Galen Rowell is not out climbing, hiking, running, and making wonderful photographs as I write this. In a way, I think he did these things on all of our behalf. Sadness, shock, loss.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Vancouver, British Columbia

Otto Hauck
One day in 1996, during my fall visit to Kathmandu, Nepal, when I entered a bookshop, a blue colored cover of book catched my eye. It was Mountain Light by Galen Rowell. Before that day I knew nothing about him. As I thumbed through his book I liked both photos and text. Next weeks I spent trekking in Sagarmatha National Park. I, and my friend, trekked the whole Jiri - Kala Pattar - Jiri route. I made some nice images of the mountains with my Pentax. I could not afford to buy Galen's book during my trip to Himalaya. But I had dreamed about this book nearly every day since my return home. A year later I asked a friend of mine, who was preparing for the trip to Nepal, to buy this book for me. I gave him 40 dollars and a description how to get to Kathmandu's bookshop. In January 1998 book arrived. It was the last one available in the shop. I felt in love with Moutain Light. I have already red this fascinating book many times. I loved images on it's pages. Moutain Light quickly become one of my favorite books. I have to say, that Mountain Light has changed my life. Since then I became so enthusiastic over photography that I spent all my free time going out and making images of the natural world. Later in 1998 I happened to make a contract for a calendar. It's name was "Window into the Nature" and contained my images of landscapes of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. Since I am not a pro photographer I don't have much profit from my photos. But in 2000 I got my reward. I spent three months on an assigment to document in photos Czech Republic's natural preserves for Agency for Nature and Landscape Protection of Czech Republic. One sunny fall day I waited in a railway station's waitting room for the train to arrive in one remote corner of my country. To my astonishment walls were decorated with all photos from my 1999 calendar" Window into the Nature". These were the only images hanging on the walls. There were no others. It was one of my happiest days in my life [I am 33 now].Thinking that somebody, who does'nt know me, had displayed my work for people to see it, put me into joy and feeling of satisfaction. I think that Galen's thoughts expressed in his book inspired me to put my feet on a way to great photography. Thank You very much Galen. A week ago I obtained a book I long wished to have - Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography sent from a friend in America. I did not know that Galen and his wife Barbara are not alive. Three days ago I met my girlfriend's sister who knew Galen, and she has told me about Galen's and Barbara's air crash nearby Bishop. This bad new made me feel sick and sad. I sat down and wrote these words to share my cry over accident with the World.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Brno, the Czech Republic

Mink Rivers
My sympathy to friends and family. Photographers and nature lovers everywhere share your loss.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - North Dakota

David McIrvin
Just prior to attending college during the summer of '72, I was urged by some friends to attend a slide show in Marin hosted by Galen. The images of K2, the Himalayas and Nepal were so illuminating that I can still remember many of them like they were just yesterday. I have never mountain climbed nor likely will ever visit Nepal. The point being from that evening my leisure life, political views and participating in the wilderness became an obvious singular entity. thanks.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Scappoose,OR Steamboat Springs,CO

Wes Miller
This is what I said to Galen in my fifteen seconds at a book signing. "I wouldn't want to be anyone but myself; but there is one person whose life I would like to be leading: yours."
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Oslo, Norway

Tom Rinard
I'm one of those people who always have good intentions but don't always follow through with things. As a result of my inactions, I often kick myself because I didn't act in a timely manner to do things that I thought I should be doing. Such is the case with Galen. Over my years of photography, I have been collecting photographic magazines. Always with the intention of reading them "some day", they continue to accumulate. I didn't really know who Galen Rowell was except that he was an exceptional photographer and I only knew that because his OP covers always caught my attention. Other than that I really didn't know much about the person. Then by some whelm one day I picked up one of those OP magazines and decided maybe I could obtain some insight about photography by reading the writings of other photographers. I also began reading Frans Lanting and I ordered "Galen Rowell's Vision". By chance, the one photographer that I chose to read was Galen Rowell. The further I read the more entranced I became in what I was reading. I guess since I'm human I had always stereotyped other photographers as just "out doing their job" and didn't think anything about it. But there was something different about this "Galen person". He really brought meaning and reality to what "we" do. He was extremely intelligent and incredibly sensitive to what he was doing. Not just your average photographer. The more I read the more I began wondering, "Is this person a physicist? How does he know so much about light? The more I read the more I learned again. He was a staunch supporter of the environment, he was an expert in light physics, now I discover what an outdoorsmanship he displayed. How could one person be and do so much. It makes me feel like I've done nothing in my life. I was beginning to think that no one was still really concerned about the world around us. Everyone is so tied up in their own little world that the rest has been forgotten. I was soon enlightened by this man Galen Rowell. As I continued reading, I began to kick myself again. Look what I've been missing out on!!! I could have been learning so much from so many people. About the only photographer that I ever truly admired was Elliot Porter and David Muench. I could not believe what I had missed out on. Why was I so ignorant for so long? I kept thinking to myself, Galen Rowell has so many of my same beliefs and feelings and this endless passion for his photography and for the earth and its people, maybe I should drop him a line. I like to think that I keep up on the world's events and like to "stay up on current events", but a couple of weeks ago I had an abrupt awakening. I had gone out to the mailbox and while I was sorting the mail, there was a new American Photo to add to my "collection". I glanced at the cover and as I was walking back to the house I stopped dead in my tracks. What I read at first confused me and didn't quite click in my brain. The cover said "Galen Rowell-A Tribute". I'm thinking "tribute"? What does that that mean? Isn't a tribute something in memoriam? As I read the article, I was beyond words. As I read I couldn't believe what I was reading. In fact I had to read it a second time to comprehend just what I had read. As I read a second time I felt tears flowing down my cheeks. I couldn't believe what I had just read. I'm wondering, this accident occurred back in August why am I just now finding out about it. Have I been totally blind. Now I realize what a loss we have all experienced and the world of photography as a whole. A avid climber, author, philosopher, educator, explorer, photographer, diplomat and friend and lover of Mother Earth. All in one person. I shall continue to read, to learn, to feel and see from this person I've known for such a short time. And now I learning what incredible human beings Senator Paul Wellstone and his family were. May God bless the families and all of us who learned from Galen Rowell so that we may use our talents to educate and enlighten the rest of the world. May the spirits of Galen and Barbara continue to light the mountains around the world. Your light burns bright!
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Waco, TX

charles belmon ferreira
nao sei falar ingles,mas lamento muito a morte desse incrivel fotografo e sua esposa,realmente fiquei chocado,espero e tenho certeza ,que sua obra nao foi em vao ...adeus amigos.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - brasil

Albert Marquez
Thanks for the beautiful images.... you will be missed greatly
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Atlanta, Georgia

Tom Just Olsen
When the news broke about the aircraft crash it was all over the Net in few days. A Norwegian photo site refered to Galen as 'the guy with the filters'. Galen and Barbara Rowell's site was 'linked' among the catory 'prominant photographers' together with names like Ansel Adams. Where they belong. They shared Ansel Adam's love for their country, so vividly expressed in all their beautiful landscapes. Through this they have made parts of USA known through out the world and let us all share with them the imense beauty of this land. Barbara and Galen; we are greatful for that. Not only has USA lost two of their most prominant photographers. The international community has lost two of their most prominant and resourceful members too.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Oslo, Norway

Helen L. Lambert
Barbara is my niece and my family and I will miss her smiling face and lively personality. My four daughters had lots of fun with her when they were kids and we visited the Cushmans in California or they came to Washington. Two of the girls(Margaret Landry and Cecelia Williams)and I attended the Berkeley Memorial service on October 13th. It was a wonderful tribute to Galen and Barbara. We thank the staff of Mountain Light and the family members involved in organizing such a great event. Sincerely,Helen
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Marysville,WA

Christopher A. Walrath
I have only been aware of (if I may tpresume to call them) Galen and Barbara and their work for two years now. I have always had artistic and photographic influences in my life. However, when my mother gave me a gift subscription of OP for Christmas two years ago, I saw the most wonderful images and new that I could do that myself, of course after much hard work and repitition. Through has column, Galen encouraged me to take the risks and exhibit the patience necessary of a good photographer. He has influenced my love of photography in ways that only those who loved and respected his work can understand. The Monday morning after the crash, a girl at work knew I was into photography and mentioned she had heard over the weekend that a photographer and his wife had died over the weekend. I don't know why but I knew that a newly cherished part of my life had been taken away. When I heard that they had passed on, a tear trickled down my cheek. It seems so cheap to say of someone that I never knew and who never knew me that their absence will change my life forever. But that is how I feel. On the level of being fellow outdoor enthusiasts and photographers as well, we were a kindred of sorts. Galen and Barbara, you will be sorely missed. We all loved you so.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Dover, Delaware

Mony Azouz
Colour photography has lost one of his most ardent and energetic proponents, and a valued and knowledgeable master in the trade. May he rest in peace.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Montreal, Canada

Linda Jenkins
For those who haven't seen November's Sunset magazine you might want to take a look at p. 64. I was pleased to see one of my favorite pictures Barbara took along with several of Galen's. Nice they should be for nice people. How I miss them.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Lafayett, CA

Simon Kurth
I would like to thank Galen and Barbara for sharing their lives and experiences with us so richly and with such generosity. Their untimely passing brings me great sadness, but I feel overwhelmed by the incredible amount of inspiration they gave us in their writings and photographs. They represented the impact an individual can have on society, one person can make a difference. Both Galen and Barbara gave so much to the community. They made our world a better place by sharing the beauty they saw in nature with the rest of us who were unable to view it from their vantage point. Their tireless devotion to creating awareness for the environment and for the cultures that inhabit it is a great loss. Fortunately for us, their photographs, stories, memories, and spirit have left us with the essence of what they wished to impart to all they met. It is rare that two people can give so much in such a short time. Although I was only able to meet Galen once, he has changed my life. His pictures showed me what photography could do. It is an incredibly powerful tool to share information, educate, and inspire people to recognize the world around us. Through Galenās eye, we have all felt the gamut of emotions his photographs evoke. Each picture conveys the essence of his personal experience. His vision empowered all photographers, professional and amateur alike, to pursue their creative instincts. He removed the veil of mystery from the camera through his insightful analogies when explaining the technical facet of photography. By developing his idea of ćPrevisualization,ä seeing the photograph in the mindās eye, he taught his students a way to see their vision. He supplied and bottomless well of supportive and positive energy, from which they drew the confidence to actualize their own artistic visions. I think Galen had a talent to bring the best out in people, and make them feel like they were creating something special. When asked why he never made any films, Galen replied that all memories in his head where still pictures, not movie clips. This concept struck a deep chord with me. I realized that much of photography is about distilling the dynamic motion and light you perceive around you and composing it in a way that represents what you are feeling. This gives your work a stamp of authenticity. That sense of looking upon something truly genuine. As you look at his photo, you can smell the flower, feel the chill in the air, and hear the golden silence of the sunrise. Your senses come alive, because you know that the photograph you are experiencing is a window into the mind and heart of the photographer. I feel it was a major reason why so many of us were drawn to Galenās work. We could sense all elements and emotions that that photograph represented, and from it glean a real conception of what that place or person was about, almost as if we were there. There was a nobility to Barbara and Galenās work, a palatable sense of ethics. I always felt that they made decisions based on what they believed in, not on what was best for the bottom line. Their actions were a testament to the causes they believed in. Galenās photographs have educated millions of people on the natural treasures in our seven continents. His photographs were framed by his own personal code of beliefs. That is why they were so effective in expanding peopleās understanding about the various causes they were representing. Barbara and Galen seemed to be able to do the right thing no matter how difficult the situation. I will remember them both as exemplary role models. For me, Galenās inventive nature was a true inspiration. His ability to adapt to the situation really allowed for the evolution of participatory photography. He was constantly thinking outside the box. Lack of gear, light, weather, or luck was overcome with a keen sense of what was necessary to achieve the shot he wanted to get. His openness to share his ćtricks of the tradeä was another example of his desire to pass on his personal enthusiasm for photography. In a secretive field, he defied the norm and showed that sharing ideas and techniques helps all of us grow. He wanted to do whatever it took to equip you with the tools you needed to share in the euphoria photography can offer. We all know that Galen was masterful when writing with light, but he was equally adroit with the pen. When reading his articles I felt like he was talking to me one on one. He infused me with an infectious enthusiasm when he described his passions. The energy in his work spilled off the pages and into me, and caused my heart to pound in my chest and my veins to course with excitement. I think many people felt this way when reading Galenās work, and when viewing his photographs. I wish terrible events like this never happen, but they seem to all to often. They make us reflect and remember what makes our friends and love ones special. And as the sun sets on the memories of their lives, tomorrow brings the sunrise of the world they made better. I see Galen and Barbaraās touch everywhere, for their spirit is still among us living and breathing in their work and in the hearts of those they touched. In a way, they are closer to all of us more than ever.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - San Diego

Jim Hawthorn
I never had the honor of meeting Galen or Barbara, yet I have this deep feeling of personal loss. It's as though I have lost a very close personal friend or immediate family member. I have been involved in the craft of photography for 20+ years and no one was ever able to inspire me the way Galen did. I have most of his books and will continue to treasure them and learn from them. I will surely miss his monthly articles in OP.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Spring Lake, NC

John McClelland
I will miss Galen's work greatly. His photographs were always something special to me. I will always remember him as the Ansel Adams of color photography.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Atlanta, Ga.

Charlotte P. Kimball
I was deeply saddned to read of the deaths of Galen and Barbara this evening. Shock, disbelief, grief...Galen wrote as if he was talking to me, as if he had looked into my heart and mind and put in words that which I can not. I am remined that our time here is brief and we never know when it is up. That life is a gift. I've believe that in dying we awake to reality, and that this life is the dream. Galen shared that vision with us with his photographs, because heaven must look like a Galen Rowell photograph. Staying connected to my passion, trying new things,to explore and revel in the life I live. This is the legacy of Galen. I will have to wait to meet you later Galen, and I will look you up when I get there!! Thank you. Thank you so much. God speed, God Bless you and yours.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Dayton, NV

Diane Caley Partch
What a terrible loss to the world, the death of the finest photographer of my lifetime. I was so fortunate to attend a workshop at mountain light where I could meet and learn from Galen & Barbara. He was the inspiration that made photography my passion. May he live forever through his work.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 (01:00) - Gladstone, Oregon

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