Saturday, July 11, 2009

Artichokes, Point Lobos, and National Geographic Expert Ed Kashi

Two big days in Monterey. After the Aquarium tour, individual On Assignment groups went their separate ways. Marine Biology took off for a jetty in Monterey to scope out the marine wildlife then hit the streets of Monterey for some urban exploring. One Photography group cruised the streets of Monterey looking for portraits while the other drove into the Salinas Valley and scouted Main Street of Castroville, a vibrant farming community and self-proclaimed "Artichoke Capital of the World." No fried artichokes yet.

On Friday we split into On Assignment groups again. The Dawn Patrol Photography crew (6:30 am departure for an hour of shooting when the light is best), returned for a second day to the old military warehouses near our campus. After breakfast, the Marine Biology and Conservation students headed to Moss Landing for a tour of a field biology research station and some hard core beach-combing (ie: scanning for interesting - often dead - marine species along this beautiful stretch of beach north of Monterey). Photography students downloaded their first batch of images... the stationary side of photography.

This afternoon, Ed Kashi, National Geographic photographer and international visual storyteller, joined us for a walk around Point Lobos, south of Carmel. He then wowed us with a variety of images from his work in the oil fields and towns of the Niger Delta and other multimedia and still photo projects he has put together over 30 years of exploration.

That's all for now!
David, Brianna, Kim, Peter, and the whole crew