Ken E. Williams, Photographer

Ken Williams is a retired educator living in a small town in northwest Wyoming. Ken’s photo work has for the past several years been motivated by his passion for locally grown food, sustainable and simple living and people who live the traditional values of personal communication and community commitments. He is uncomfortable with the digital revolution and (just barely) accepts this modern technology as a mean to reach more people with his extraordinary photographic images. I would add – a living history of our western rural, agrarian culture, the people and the changing landscape he encounters as he travels the back roads of America.

Pow Wow Dancer: Once each year, native people from through out the American west, gather in Cody, Wyoming to celebrate their diverse cultures and demonstrate traditional skills.

Farmers Market: During summer and fall, folks who appreciate locally grown food and family farms have opportunity to visit and purchase real food while becoming part of a community support system at farmer’s markets.

Wind Generators: Near Judith Gap, Montana, with cattle and wildlife grazing near by, each of the 90 generators produce enough clean, renewable energy to power over 350 houses.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Ken and enjoying his photographic work for the past seven years. Ken is a gifted storyteller and historian with his camera; he’s an excellent writer, as well. I look forward to the day Ken and his photography partner Morgan Tyree publish their collective work! To view more of Ken E. Williams’ photography, check out their website backroadzimages and Ken’s Flickr Photo Gallery.

Capturing Moments – Can a photograph feel like a film?

As author-photographer Douglas Gayeton immersed himself for five years in the lives and passions of  those he met in a rural Tuscan town, he put his thousands upon thousands of images together to tell their stories in a format he refers to as “flat film”. Gayeton’s personal recounting of his creative process and the journey he embarked on to capture the authenticity, intimacy and charm of their “slow” lives and cultural heritage are a feast for the eyes, transporting your heart and soul miles from home to Pistoia, Italy. Truly remarkable storytelling – enjoy!

Slow Life in a Tuscan Town

Book: Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town by Douglas Gayeton

“Douglas Gayeton’s SLOW: Life in a Tuscan Town is a magical and utterly unique portrayal of rural Italian life, and a tribute to the region’s kaleidoscope of charming local characters whose livelihoods and culture center around the everyday pleasures of growing, preparing, and eating food. Imaginative and interactive portraits are layered with Gayeton’s handwritten notes, anecdotes, recipes, quotes, and historical facts and that cleverly bring context and color to the subject of each sepia-toned image and draw us deeper into this romantic, rewarding, and progressively rare way of life. You will fall in love with the intimate images of an entire town whose lives are profoundly bound to the rhythms of nature and inherently exemplify the popular principles that define Slow Food, a multi-national movement dedicated to preserving local food traditions and honoring local farmers and producers. The unique interplay of pictures and words conveys a thrilling sense of narrative that transcends the page and transports you halfway around the globe. It is a riveting story told in a riveting way: each image is actually comprised of multiple photographs taken over the course of time (from ten minutes to several hours – a photographic approach critics have dubbed “flat film”). The result is nothing less than a new and startling way of seeing photographs.” –  Pier Giorgio Provenzano – videomaker