Spotlight on the Photographer
Robin Loznak offers his photographic artistry to my new book, A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin. The book has two photo sections, one with old pictures, the other with modern pictures taken on the family farm by Robin. And a medallion on the cover shows his photo of me walking across the field below the old barn. He’s also my son-in-law and lives on the family farm with his wife, my daughter Carisa, and their son, Alex.
Robin has a particular knack for eking out whimsical images of insects and other small critters. Here he’s riveting his focus on a fly on the blackberry blossoms along the farm’s primary creek. That fly will reveal its character in Robin’s viewfinder.
Robin’s critter photos often appear on Picture of the Day at MSNBC and other outlets, lining up with newsy subject matter like battle scenes in faraway places, and events with world leaders.
Pictures like this:
Robin’s work has been highlighted worldwide, and as a photojournalist he has stacked up the awards. He was the National Press Photographers Association Region 9 photographer of the year in 2002 when he worked at the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, Montana. Region 9 includes the Rocky Mountain states and parts of Canada. He won an Award of Excellence in the Best of Photojournalism contest in 2013, and was named a Highly Honored Photographer in the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards in 2010.
After working for the Daily Inter Lake and the Great Falls Tribune in Montana, he came to Oregon when we all moved to the farm, and for several years worked as photographer for The News-Review in nearby Roseburg, Oregon. Now he does contract photography with Zuma Press photo agency. His work has been published in books, magazines, websites, and in newspapers around the world. A short list includes National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, The New York Times, London Telegraph, Time magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, NBCnews.com, Today.com, Alaska Airlines magazine, Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and many more.
His photo below shows a meteor above the old barn. Smithsonian.com used the shot.
Robin’s love for animals shows in his photos. He’s the kind of guy who, when he sees the owls in our barn having a problem raising families, finds a solution. The owl mother had been laying eggs on the ledge, but they kept falling off. Concerned, Robin found an old bushel prune box, attached it to the ledge. Mama owl looked it over and started again. Her new owlets thrived in Robin’s creation, and Robin got many delightful pictures along with his satisfaction at helping out. He enjoys offering vignettes that tell a story in picture. And his talent has attracted a strong following.
I’m delighted to spotlight Robin’s work in my book, and to share a bit of his background here. He’ll be attending several of the book signings. Here are a couple of favorites from the book:
Check out more of Robin’s creative works below–a dragonfly beaded with water droplets on a wet morning, and a newt peeking out from behind a little mushroom parasol. I never saw a newt look so cute. For still more, see Robin’s blog.
All photos on this post are by Robin Loznak, except of course the photo of him, taken by me.
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