Patagonia essays

The name "Tierra del Fuego" may refer to the fact that both Selk'nam and Yamana had their fires burn in front of their huts (or in the hut). In Magellan's time Fuegians were more numerous, and the light and smoke of their fires presented an impressive sight if seen from a ship or another island. [44] Yamanas also used fire to send messages by smoke signals , for instance if a whale drifted ashore. [45] The large amount of meat required notification of many people, so that it would not decay. [46] They might also have used smoke signals on other occasions, but it is possible that Magellan saw the smokes or lights of natural phenomena. [47]

Notes from Seth

Morocco was visually incredibly exciting. The Sahara bought us breathtaking dunes and even a full on sandstorm with a tornado. One of my goals was   to photograph the people of Morocco in addition to the colors of Morocco. The best and worst part of the trip was photographing people. I have always   had a comfort zone photographing people every  since my journalism days but this was different. It was much more challenging and much more   rewarding.
 
The Quran, the Islamic holy book, does not explicitly prohibit the depiction of human figures but in a Muslim country it is generally frowned upon to   depict the human figure. Like many photographers I encountered many difficulties shooting portraits in a land where people have superstitious   apprehensions towards the camera, and ofter see photography as a tool that steals the soul of the people. That said I also found that it wasn’t purely   religious. Morocco has become a vibrant and very busy tourist destination and many of the locals may be feeling increasingly like they are being placed   on display or under a microscope- and highly likely multiple times in any one given day!
An interesting and efficient by-product of this is that there has sprung up an unofficial “trade” of sorts whereby it has become the accepted practice for   tourists to pay for photo opportunities. As a journalist I hate to ask permission to take a picture because you lose the moment. I did pay the snake   charmers and others and I did sneak some frames of folks but I really didn’t feel right.
 
During our workshop we had one of our participants stand near a wall and then had all of our participants photograph so it became evident what it must   be like to be on the other side of the camera. In fact the next time you race up to a subject and start shooting, consider how you may feel if you are   busily trying to complete your work or tasks and groups of people kept on shooting frame after frame. To say the least it would be intimidating.
 
After being very frustrated I decided that there had to be a better way. It took time but patience in portraiture will be rewarded. Clearly if I was able to   build a rapport with someone before attempting to photograph them the end result was positive. I found that if I approached someone and simply made   chit chat and inquired about their wares or their lives that they were much more inclined to allow me to  photograph them.
 
I wanted to not simply be an observer with my camera but rather to enter someones personal space, and this took time, but in the end it worked.

A Cookbook: I might humbly suggest Camp Cooking in the Wild . This is a  shameless plug for a book I co-authored that will help pay for my next trip. It has  suggestions for equipment, packing and menus as well as tried and true recipes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So there is my list of top 10 things to bring on a trip. Okay, I know there are 15 items  but a great campfire debate for your next trip is to narrow that list to 10. In fact, the  last evening of your trip is the ideal time to revise your checklist of everything to bring   as well as plan your next adventure.
 
 
Mark Scriver has been guiding wilderness trips with Black Feather Wilderness  Adventures for over 30 years and has co-authored several books including Canoe Camping: an Essential Guide and Camp Cooking in the Wild published by Fox chapel/Heliconia Press.

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