Photographer/Conservationist Tim Palmer to Speak at Dalton State
Conservationist Tim Palmer could be called both a nature photographer and a natural photographer.
As the award-winning author of 20 books on rivers, conservation, and the environment, Palmer is said to have one of the most complete collections of photos of rivers in the U.S.
“Ever since I first picked up a camera and a pen and headed out into the wilds, my personal mission has been to convey critical messages about the natural world to as many people as possible,” Palmer says. “Through my photographs and writings, I seek to encourage a sense of love and commitment to natural places; to promote better understanding of natural systems and the threats to them; and ultimately, to inspire people to take action to protect the environment.”
His images are stunning: from rolling, roiling, turbulent river waters to calm, placid swimming holes and none doctored for effect.
“I do not use (software) or any other means of manipulating my pictures after I take them,” he says. “I do not change the color or content of my images in any way. I like to show what is actually there. I don’t like the idea of people looking at pretty photos with amped up colors and then heading out into the real natural world and being disappointed by what they see.”
Palmer will share his images and passion for the natural world when he lectures on “Rivers of America,” Thursday, April 7, at Dalton State College. The Fine Arts and Lecture Series program, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, is free and open to the public
Called “an inveterate river-lover,” Palmer has canoed or rafted on more than 300 rivers in the United States and Western Canada. He lived for 22 years as a nomad in his van, traveling throughout the country to do research, writing, and photography for his book projects. He now lives-some of the time-in a home on the Pacific coast.
He has won several awards for his nature books, including the Benjamin Franklin Book Award, the National Outdoor Book Award, an award for best book of the year in the essay and travel category from the Independent Publishers Association, and the Director’s Award from the National Park Service for outstanding publication about a national park.
Just this year, Palmer received the National Conservation Achievement Award, and he is the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Rivers. He is a recipient of the River Conservationist of the Year Award, the Peter Behr Award, and theMarc Dubois Award from Friends of the River, and was named one of America’s “10 greatest river conservationists” and one of the “100 paddlers of the century” by Paddler magazine.
Palmer will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, Rivers of America, which will be available for sale. The lecture will be in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served.
For more information about the free lecture, please call 706-272-4428.