Thursday, May 3, 2007

Berkeley Rocks: Building with Nature

This evening i drove down to Berkeley to listen to Jonathan Chester present his new book Berkeley Rocks: Building with Nature.  Jonathan is a very talented photographer who does a lot of work in the extremes like Antartica.  He is well know for his images of penguins, much so that his images were used as a backdrop in the animated film Happy Feet.  I had seen Jonathan at an REI talk a few months back.  I then learned about his other book The Young Adventurer's Guide to Everest: From Avalanche to Zopkio which i later used to make a presentation to a Boy Scout Troop on climbing Mt Everest.  I finally got to meet and chat with Jonathan when he also attended the PDN on the Road Seminar in San Francisco where he told me about his talk and his move to Kansas.

Tonight he spoke about his new book Berkeley Rocks: Building with Nature.  It is basically a book of images where people in the Berkeley Hills have incorporated the architecture of their homes into the natural environment.  From small to house size boulders Jonathan was able to share his photographic survey of these architectural treasures as they stretched through the landscape of Berkeley.

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