As we all know landscape and wildlife photography is normally a quiet and solitary past time and you wouldn't think a landscape photographer and his work would have have the glitz and dynamics to attact a big TV audience. But this month the U.S. TV network the Weather Channel announced they plan to unveil their first ever regular TV series called "From the Edge" and it stars Australian landscape photographer Peter Lik. Peter now lives in Las Vegas. On the video link below he is in Red Rocks, Nevada on the outskirts of Vegas to introduce his show.
If the name of Lik's show sounds familiar wildlife photographer Art Wolfe did a similarly named photography show "Travels to the Edge" that aired for two seasons on PBS. Art Wolfe, however, is not an entertainer and the big draw of his show is it's great footage of incredible wild places around the world with just a dose of how-to photo tips.
The folks at the Weather Channel must have figured that if you mix a larger than life character such as the classic Australian persona (think Crocodile Dundee), with photography and casual conversation about the weather you might just have the ingredients for an entertaining show. I figure Lik is the perfect person for this show; with his Australian accent and the touch of the wild man photographer he will no doubt charm the American audiences.
I expect on my next visit to photograph in Wyoming to see all the serious photographers lineup at the Yellowstone River overlook sporting the new photography fashion of straw hats, ripped shirts and jeans.