Nathan Cowlishaw

Apr 212015
 

After primitive camping for three days and eating dirt while cleaning layers of dirt-road film off my camera equipment I can safely say that I made it to Palm Springs, California where I’m composing this. I was in Death Valley where profiteers gauge the gas prices to $5 bucks a gallon, and moved onto Mojave Desert Wildlife Reserve where a coyote came into my campground. I took several photos of my furry friend, and the next day I visited Joshua Tree National Park.

I rested up in Palm Springs and will be heading out the Salton Sea today, to photograph several areas such as Bombay Beach. Talking about man-made environments; the Salton Sea was created by accident as a result of an engineering mishap in 1905. Read up on it. I’m going out there to photograph whatever rural decay that I can find including the artistic East-Jesus and Salvation Mountain. Here’s a few photos from the trip so far.

This guy hung out with me in the Mojove Wildlife Reserve in Southern California.

This guy hung out with me in the Mojove Wildlife Reserve in Southern California.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

 

19th century train car in Goldfield, Nevada.

19th century train car in Goldfield, Nevada.

Mar 312015
 

The U.S. and Mexican border is about 1/5 of a mile away from where this photo was shot. These cottonwoods were amazing. The beauty along the border is stark. It’s a complex issue; this borderline. I have mixed feelings about it. The truth is, this border cuts communities in half. Indigenous homelands and territories were sliced in half. I can’t help but see this as a colonial boundary that is foreign to Turtle Island. Yet, I understand and have affinity with citizens who are tired of the crime and lawlessness that is becoming more sophisticated every day by coyotes, drug traffickers, etc. I don’t think the border is an easy issue to tackle but I also don’t think building a great big Iron Curtain or militarizing the border is a solution either. Not an easy issue to tackle… And when people speak of corruption in Mexico’s government I think we just need to recognize the banking cartel in the US and the military-industrial complex. Doesn’t Operation Fast and Furious come to mind!?

Stay tuned! I’ll be traveling 2000 miles along the border starting in the next few weeks!

Jan 052015
 

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I’ve got my hands full as well as tied because I’m a busy guy these days because I’m organizing a festival in Southern Utah as well as a Kickstarter project that will hopefully springboard me onto a 65-day photoshoot into the deep Southwest. It’s taking a serious and brave leap-of-faith to do this and at 2:30 AM in the morning I cannot sleep because there is so much happening right now that my psyche is ready to hit this full throttle. We are headed to Rachel, Nevada, at 4:30 AM to make a Kickstarter Video before we begin wrapping up the loose ends of the Kickstarter and get it submitted for launch approval. I just wanted to update my blog here in regards to what’s happening. Stay tuned!

Dec 142014
 

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Solitude is how I dream BIG especially with nobody around; just me in the corners of God’s imagination. This is how I’ve been able to stay strong my whole life was to allow the natural world to heal me and teach me to be self-sufficient in my own happiness. The grandest of mysteries chose me to be a photographer; if only it meant for me to see something more meaningful on deeper levels such as these.

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Dec 092014
 
Grand Suzuki Samurai Adventure

Grand Suzuki Samurai Adventure

I’ve decided to dream big and create a Kickstarter to do the ultimate big adventure. To travel the Desert Southwest from Southern California all the way to Louisiana over a two month period (60-days) in a Suzuki Samurai. I will camp and live out of my Samurai and shower at truck stops. I’m going to travel to Southern Nevada onto Southern California, then through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana and my Journey will take 60-90 days to complete. The theme of my journey will be: “The Truth is Out There!” I will venture to major UFO Hotspots and will be promoting the 2015 Utah UFO Festival taking place in Southern Utah (August of 2015). What’s unique about this journey is that I will be basing my travels on Southwestern Folklore in search of the truth and will utilize this information as an artist to draw my own conclusions into the reality of it through my own method of photographic interpretation. The trip will be somewhat risky and dangerous as I will be venturing along the Mexican Border in several areas and will be stationed at various UFO hotspots that are historically significant and some archeological sites. Who knows what I’m going to see and witness, first hand!? I’m ready to redefine my own vision of the Desert Southwest from the seat of a Suzuki Samurai and I will report weekly and daily on my adventures via social media.

Nov 072014
 

A few weeks ago, I filled out an application to become an affiliate marketer for one of my favorite companies whom I have been doing business with since 2004.  This is the response I received from them today:

Thank you for expressing interest in partnering with B&H. While you are placing attention on adding more written reviews to your site, at this time, we are looking for more consistent robust technical content with opportunities for large traction. We thank you again and wish you much success.

…I guess if that is all that matters to them then I don’t really need to monetize Talking Tree using their affiliate links? This site will grow and gain more traction, I’m sure of it! I guess they failed to do the proper amount of research regarding my social media influence on Flickr, and Instagram? They are also failing to realize that I started this blog back up again as a result of my personal growth on social media.

Nov 012014
 
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I forged an alliance with Sigma Camera Corporation. They sent me their latest and greatest Sigma DP2 Quattro with a proprietary Foveon sensor which is actually three sensors combined into one. I also purchased their predecessor to the Quattro; the Sigma DP3 Merrill which I also have grown to love. I’m going to write a few blog articles (coming soon!) about these two amazing little cameras from Sigma. About six months ago, I started a petition asking Sigma to create a Micro Four Thirds camera with a Foveon sensor but the DP3 Merrill seems to be satisfying my cravings for Foveon Technology. Without going into more detail, I am posting a few test images here to show you the color and quality of the Foveon technology…

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