It’s not always about me – Greetings from Tahoeland

March 27, 2013, Lake Tahoe, CA

Mt. Tallac - Desolation Wilderness (2011)

Mt. Tallac – Desolation Wilderness (2011)

First a word about the above photo: it’s from November 2011 as I hiked down from the Mt. Tallac summit. Although I snowshoed near Echo Summit this morning, I didn’t take any photos that I was happy enough with to share, so I delved into the archives. I’ll be on the Tallac trail again tomorrow morning searching out new adventures and perhaps even the pair of Oakley sunglasses I left on a rock near the shore of Floating Isle Lake last autumn. I’m not holding my breath about the glasses.

Tonight as I worked on an article for a publication I’m starting to work for as a contributing writer and photographer, I had to work hard (way too hard!), to remember the old admonitions of my journalism professors. I do have a degree in Journalism, but it’s been a long time since I worked in that field. In the end, I think it’ll be a successful piece and I’ll reveal specifics about the article & publication once I’m certain that the piece will be published. But I came to the realization that my recent years working on ‘The Mount Whitney Journals’ and writing my blog post for the past two has rendered my writing style very ‘journalist-unfriendly’. Perhaps it’s ego and self-centeredness, but I’ve written in the first person ‘I’ for so long, that I’m lost trying to write in the third (he, she, they). As with everything else that’s worth doing, it’ll take hard work and eventually I’m sure my inner Cronkite will resurface and I won’t have to burn out precious brain cells on future articles. If not, I’ll just resort to fabrication and outright lies and tell people I work for Fox News.

Cow Parsnip (Old Mine Trail)

Cow Parsnip (Old Mine Trail)

On another professional front, I’ve recently been hard at work on a new website to showcase my recent (and in some cases, not so recent) work. It’s still in the early stages, but because it’s a template design through Photoshelter, it’s already workable and I have several galleries and dozens of images loaded and ready for viewing.

My previous site was mainly geared toward wedding photography. The new site will no longer have a wedding section, although I’ll still do weddings by referral. Photographically, as evident from this blog and my Facebook posts, my real love over the past several years has been nature and landscapes. My photographic path has been an interesting one. In my early years (late 70’s through the 80’s), most of my work was of people, photojournalism, portraits, some forays into fashion shoots. The late 90’s through about 2006/07 had me focused on urban landscapes (Paris, New York, northern Italy)

Louvre, Paris (2000)

Louvre, Paris (2000)

Who knows what the next decade will bring. I’m excited about my opportunity to begin writing for publication again. In truth, though, it’s a completely new endeavor in that my previous publishing experience was on the photojournalist end of it, not writing. I’m now comfortable enough with my writing style and abilities to try this avenue and I look forward to sharing it with you.


About victorvolta

I am a freelance photographer/writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I grew up in the very suburban city of Santa Clara. Education: San Jose State University (class of '84) BA degree in Journalism with concentrations in Photojournalism and English. Favorite Foods: Ribeye steaks and Stan's Doughnuts (separate plates, usually). Favorite Drinks: Strong gourmet coffee and Trader Joe's Blood Orange Italian Soda (separate cups).
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