Robert Dash of Orcas Island speaks on new book

  • Thu Feb 1st, 2018 12:51pm
  • Life

Submitted by Griffin Bay Books

Orcas Island author and photographer, Robert Dash, returns to San Juan Island to talk about his gorgeous book, “On An Acre Shy of Eternity, Micro Landscapes at the Edge” at the San Juan Island Library on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

You’ll get a glimpse of the foray he made into his own landscape and the magic he captured there.

In “On An Acre Shy of Eternity, Micro Landscapes at the Edge,” Robert Dash takes nature exploration to new depths. He views the mystery of this land as one might read a book, promoting a visual, poetic, and ecological literacy that he calls “locavore art and ecology” – the art, science, and discovery that beckons in one’s own front yard. Over a three-year period, he traveled from bluff to tree, feather to seed on a near-acre of forest, meadow, and cliff shouldering the Salish Sea. Using metaphors, a camera, and a scanning electron microscope, Dash features beauty at scales ranging from craters on the moon to grains of pollen a few thousandths of an inch wide.

Robert Dash is an Orcas Island photographer, naturalist and educator whose book invites readers on a wild, contemplative, miniature hike. His photographs have been published by National Geographic, Time, The Week, and Lensculture, and have appeared in galleries and juried shows around the country. Dash presented the Orcas TEDx talk, “The Intercourse of Nature: It’s What We Are” in 2016. Several images in this book were created with the scanning electron microscope at Friday Harbor Labs.