Wilderness Photographer

Michael Berman discusses how he looks at things


This video accompanies the piece My walkabout with Michael, in which New Mexican writer Pat Toomay shadows Guggenheim award-winning photographer Michael Berman through the Gila wilderness.  This multimedia features an interview with Berman where he reads a poem about his process of going into the wild and finding images, and discusses why he became a photographer and his views on the relationship of humans to nature.

Hear an extended interview with Berman on our podcast, High Country Views.

The song March is used in the video, from the musician Pitz, licensed through Creative Commons.

Anonymous says:
Jan 18, 2011 06:53 PM
His experience is so true. I've not been out for that long a time but have noticed in my solo backpack trips in the past these stages. I think if one hikes a lot the "process" he speaks of is much quicker. Loved the video and the poem. Makes me want to get into the mountains soon.
Anonymous says:
Jan 19, 2011 10:29 AM
Beautiful piece, and useful too. Makes me miss the West. Big ups.
Anonymous says:
Jan 20, 2011 07:06 PM
Beautiful voice in the interview. Wonderful eye of the world in his photographs. It is important work that he is doing here. It's communication that is softly heard. Thank you for sharing it.
Anonymous says:
Jan 23, 2011 10:28 AM
I walked the Continental Divide Trail in 2002, ending my journey in the Gila Wilderness. After nearly 130 days of walking I spent 10 days alone in the Gila. I saw no other people during that time. It was where I found peace with both my journey and myself as I readied for a transition back to the world so to speak.

I did not walk many miles a day in the Gila like I had in the days before, instead I spent time sitting for many hours and observing this wild land. Thanks for sharing this, it brought back memories from a special time in my life.