Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A River Odyssey
In Seasons of the Steelhead, Drew Stoecklein’s photographs take us on a visual journey that captures the essence of being on the river
What began in the summer of 2009 stretched into a two-year odyssey for Stoecklein. "It took about two years to do the whole shoot," he explains. "You think you can just go out and get a lot of shots pretty easily, but for the first two weeks, all day, everyday, there were no fish. That's when I realized it's not all about big fish; it's about being out on the river. It's also so seasonal. That made it hard to shoot. I was essentially following the fish."
Tracking the fish is another way of putting it, and tracking fish certainly isn't easy. In the inevitable downtimes when the fishing was slow, Stoecklein focused his lenses on details and aspects of the sport that easily can be overlooked. It's these detail shots that truly give a viewer the intimate feeling of what it's like to be out in nature, in and around the big water in the quest for steelhead.
The detail shots tend to be the ones that stick the most in the mind's eye. While big vistas of Western mountains and rivers are striking and beautiful, the tighter images, with their rich colors and graphic compositions, are the glue that holds the broad collection of photography together and makes for a cohesive book.
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