Don Rommes (Gold Beach, Oregon), a neonatologist by profession, long ago embraced photography as an outlet for creative self-expression. His initial explorations of the remote canyons of southern Utah with a large format camera served as the perfect counterbalance to the stressful environment of an intensive care nursery. Over time, Don continues to explore the canyons, but digital photography and post-processing have replaced film and darkroom, and the printing of single fine art prints has largely given way to the publication of books and Ebooks to tell stories.
Don is an authority on photographing southern Utah and is thoroughly comfortable in its remote backcountry. His photographs have been displayed in the Smithsonian and in BLM visitor centers in the Southwest as part of efforts to protect sensitive public lands. Don’s printed book, Cliff Dwellers of Cedar Mesa (http://www.cnha.org/cliff-dwellers-of-cedar-mesa-the-culture-sites-and-exodus-of-the-ancestral-puebloans-3648.html), serves as a focal point for a multi-cultural collaborative attempt to obtain a special federal designation for this highly sensitive cultural area.
He has recently moved into electronic publishing with the creation of a highly interactive and entertaining Ebook of the same region (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/anasazi-cliff-dwellers-cedar/id1152645763?mt=11).
His self-published, hard-cover book, Canyon Reflections (http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1156322) is a collection of photographs and personal anecdotes from his 20-year study of the Escalante Canyons. It will soon be available as an Ebook. A multi-media PDF of the same title was previously published by LensWork Extended magazine #86 (http://www.lenswork.com/lwcollection.htm).
Don and his wife, Nancy, have recently created Iris Arts (https://irisarts.com), a web-based company that provides evidence-based photographic Art of Nature to the healthcare community.
Don has considerable knowledge of the art and technique of photography (both black and white and color, traditional and digital), is successfully exploring ways to create and distribute photographic projects in the electronic age, and shares his insights and experiences freely. Perhaps more importantly, he’ll get you safely into the Escalante wilderness, and back.