Documentary photographer and educator, Carlan Tapp, to share unique images from motorcycle ride along the Southwest’s Grand Circle
Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 2012: Documentary photographer and educator, Carlan Tapp, will launch a 3000-mile motorcycle ride on June 4 through 12 national parks and monuments in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona to raise money for Naamehnay Project – Question of Power, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating visual voices for individuals, families, and communities affected by the extraction, production, and consumption of coal to produce electricity.
In daily blog posts, photographer Tapp will share images in his signature black and white style, video, and interviews along the Southwest’s majestic Grand Circle. To receive the daily updates, go to www.rideinbeauty.org .
“I will be photographing the natural splendor in a part of the United States that is increasingly at risk from the mining and burning of coal for electricity. By showing the beauty of the region and the people who live there I hope to focus attention on what is worth protecting.” Proceeds from the ride in the form of pledges and the sale of photographs and a book, Ride in Beauty, will help Tapp continue his work on the Naamehnay Project – Question of Power.
Tapp began work on Question of Power in 2005 to raise awareness of living conditions in areas affected by the mining and burning of coal. Through his blog at http://www.carlantapp.blogspot.com/ , photography books, outreach to schools, and museum exhibits, he shows the often-ignored reality of living in communities where coal is mined and burned in power plants. “My mission is to give a voice to the families and communities at risk from the effects of production of coal-fired electricity.”
The project has taken Tapp to the Navajo Nation in northern New Mexico, where mining and coal-fired energy production have degraded living conditions and affected people’s health for over 40 years. He has also shown the effects of dumping coal ash – the waste product of coal-fired energy – in the communities of Bokoshe, OK, Uniontown, AL, and Kingston, TN. Tapp’s online journal, Portrait USA, (http://www.carlantapp.blogspot.com) highlights these efforts with frequent posts from the communities he visits and photographs.