Times photographer to detail worldly shots | AspenTimes.com

Times photographer to detail worldly shots

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

One of several images made in Thailand, a ninty two year-old woman's hands tell a thousand tales. Daniel Bayer photo.

Aspen Times photojournalist Daniel Bayer escaped the drudgery of daily newspaper work last year to travel the world – and capture at least some of it on film.

Bayer hopes he can help his peers do the same with a presentation and slide show at Digital Arts Aspen this week.

The show, which will highlight Bayer’s travels between June 2001 and May 2002, could be something of a travel guide for wistful photographers. He hopes his presentation will show that chucking a 9-to-5 job for a jaunt abroad doesn’t necessarily mean the end of a regular paycheck.

“Lots of photographers are going to be there to see how one can go away for a year and not starve to death,” he said.

The hour-long slide show will highlight Bayer’s coverage of the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia; his backpacking tours through the wilds of Tasmania; a two-week stint with marine biologists and their contact with a pod of humpback whales; as well as the three months he spent in small villages around Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.

“The show will be 50/50 – highlighting what was shot and going into how I sold it,” he said.

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Bayer’s work has appeared nationally in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and Newsweek. His local photos have also been well circulated this summer – he recently had shots of the Coal Seam fire published in the Rocky Mountain News.

The Digital Arts show will also push the medium that has made the Aspen gallery so popular. Bayer said he’ll cover the ways photographers can take advantage of digital cameras in the face of rapidly advancing technology.

Though Bayer might focus on the financial gains of traveling abroad during his presentation, he said he also hopes to inspire those looking to try something different with their work.

“I want to let them know that once you’re out there, good things start happening,” he said.

Bayer’s show is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Digital Arts Aspen studio, located at the Airport Business Center. For more information, contact the gallery at 925-1810.

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