Land Trust Presents Fielder Slide Show
John Fielder, well-known nature photographer and publisher, will present a conservation message through pictures and narrative on “Ranches of Colorado” at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 19, in Hempel Auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies. The event is sponsored by the Estes Valley Land Trust and is open to the public; there is no admission charge.
Fielder is in the midst of photographing 40-50 working Colorado ranches representing all regions of Colorado: plains, mountains, and western river basins. A book of the same title will be published in the fall of 2009 in partnership with the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts. The slide show is a preview of the publication. The book will be used to increase awareness and rally support for the use of conservation easements to save ranches, and other open space in our state.
The Estes Valley Land Trust [EVLT] was formed in 1987 as a Colorado, nonprofit corporation to lead the way in preserving open space throughout the Estes Valley and surrounding area. To date, 8,402 acres are protected in perpetuity by 139 Conservation Easement agreements between land owners and the Land Trust. EVLT, along with approximately 40 other similar organizations, is a member of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts.
As Colorado’s celebrated publisher and landscape photographer, John Fielder is also a teacher and environmental activist. Having founded Westcliffe Publishers in 1981, John is the author/photographer of over 39 titles, including Colorado’s best selling book of all time, Colorado Then and Now, 1870-2000.
Some of Fielder’s books will be on display, available for purchase and signing at Hempel on the 19th. The publisher will share a percentage of the sales on that day with EVLT.
The John Fielder’s Colorado gallery was opened in 2002. Four years later he moved the gallery to Denver’s ArtDistrict on Santa Fe, where it remains one of the most prominent nature photography galleries in the country.
John is an original member of the Board of Great Outdoors Colorado, the state’s lottery-funded natural heritage protection mechanism. He is the recipient of the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, among many other prestigious environmental accolades. After spending 30 years in Denver, John now resides in Summit County where he continues to photograph the land and mountains he calls home.
John was born in 1950 in Washington, D.C., lived in Connecticut for a decade, and then moved to North Carolina. A high school teacher there taught him to appreciate science and to love nature. He first visited Colorado at the age of 14 while on a high school field trip with that teacher. “In all my life, I have not forgotten my first sight of the Rockies rising up before me over the plains. I was simply smitten by the wall of snow-capped peaks above the treeless plain. I realized…I belonged here for the rest of my life.”
Three days after graduating from Duke University John was off for Colorado. Having majored in accounting in college, he worked in the department store business for eight years in Denver. On days off from work, he went into the mountains to hike and take pictures. What started out as a hobby soon turned into a career.
John uses a large format 4 x 5 view camera and usually carries seven lenses along with hundreds of sheets of color film plus large tripod. The pack weighs about 65 pounds. He skis in the winter, often rafts in the spring, and often hikes and backpacks with his three llamas in the summer. He estimates he covers over 500 miles each year. His professional time is equally divided into three segments: photographing, helping with the publishing company, and public speaking.
John writes: “I take pictures because it pleases me to compose pictures with a camera. Photography allows me to be in nature often. I love the sights, sounds, smells, and weather of different places. I also take pictures because I can use them to show people how beautiful and special nature is.”
You are invited to attend this special event as John shares his view of the landscape which surrounds us. Please call the Land Trust office, 577-6837, if you have questions.