It isn’t often you’ll find me using my blog to pimp and promote other photographers. However, I just can’t *not* share this little nugget. My good friend and fellow nature photographer Guy Tal is opening the doors to his new gallery at 135 E. Center St. in Torrey, Utah this Friday, May 28! If I were you, here’s what I would do: I’d call in sick to work on Friday, pack up my truck with camping and photography gear, then head out to Torrey for the gallery grand opening. After wandering through the gallery in awe of Guy’s gorgeous prints you will be filled with inspiration. I’d probably buy a print or two to hang in my home or offer as gifts to good friends. After that, I’d head on into Capitol Reef NP to make images all weekend before driving home on Sunday.
I’ve known Guy for nearly 10 years. We first met online at the Nature Photographer’s Network, where he was a forum moderator. I was an eager new photographer, posting my images alongside those of much more accomplished artists and asking for honest critique. I am eternally grateful to Guy and former moderator Michael Gordon, as well as hundreds of forum participants, for helping me to become the photographer I am today. So, you can blame all of them. Since then I’ve spent some time exploring the desert with Guy and even had a random encounter at a trailhead in the Uinta Mountains back in 2006. Guy’s passion for the natural world and his amazing body of work is a constant source of inspiration for me. I really hope you’ll visit his gallery the next time you’re in Torrey. When you do, tell him Bret sent you. He’ll either smack you or offer you an ice cold beer. Take your chances.
Best of luck, Guy. I know you and your gallery will be wildly successful!