October 7, 2022 • Issue 66
Welcome, reader!

I am pretty sure that most of you have already heard that I will be going to South Africa, next year. I have been invited by Kevin Dooley of Idube Photo Safaris to be a Guest Host for the 2023 fall safari. The dates are November 11-22, 2023. I am very excited and appreciative of Kevin for the invite. It is definitely a dream come true and I can think of no one else to be associated with when talking about international photo safaris.

You can read all the details, here. If you are at all interested, be sure to book early as most of these safaris in the past have filled up very quickly.

Image: A Gathering, South Africa. ©Kevin Dooley
The November/December issue of Shadow & Light Magazine will feature a round-up of photographers who have submitted to the magazine in recent months as well as a couple of déjà vu artists who have appeared in previous issues. Our regular columnists, E.E. McCollum and Steve Immel will also be returning to continue sharing their insightful writing.
Advance notice: We are very close to be releasing Mindful Matters, Essays on Photography, by E.E. McCollum. In this PDF release there are 13 articles from one of Shadow & Light Magazine's favorite writers of things thought-provoking and insightful in the world of photography. The pre-release price is just $10, and you can sign up now just by clicking, here!

Upon publication the price will increase to $14.50!
My good friend David Duplessie will be on his way to Barcelona, Spain, this Sunday to attend the opening of The 18th Pollux Awards and the 7th Biennial of Photography opens October 13th at FotoNostrum and I'll be exhibiting!

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• I have been invited to be a portfolio juror for the Los Angeles Center of Photography in 2023, February. Portfolio Reviews are always exciting for me because I am able to look at very high-quality work from a variety of photographers. This is how I select work for Shadow & Light Magazine. The last time I juried for LACP I selected 5 portfolios for publication.
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