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2016 Ace Kvale
September 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sixty Days to Nowhere
Photographer Ace Kvale invites you to accompany him, through stories and images, on a great adventure that began three years ago when he completed a 27-day backpacking trip out his backdoor in Boulder, Utah. The program will bring you closer to the spectacular beauty of the Colorado Plateau with breathtaking shots and tales from his encounters.
The culmination of many years of research and reconnaissance hikes, it was a singular life event. However, in hindsight he realized it was short sighted. Ace turned toward home when what he really needed to do was keep going to the natural destination – the beacon that beckons us all, floating on the horizon like a dream, the center of the canyon country universe, the breast, the mother, the giver of life: Navajo Mountain. Ace set out again in September 2015 with two friends. Heat, storms, lightning, unknown routes, logistics, water sources, food caches, rescues – they had it all. And through it all the rhythm of life. The cycles of the moon. The routes of the ancients revealed in the search. The quest. To view and feel the land long before roads or an artificial lake marred the landscape. An attempt to grasp the canyon country, to hold it close. To feel the vibration of the earth by walking through it.
Born in Minnesota, raised in the Rockies, Ace Kvale has been wandering the globe, camera in hand for over thirty years. While on assignment for National Geographic in 2005 he glimpsed the immensity of the Escalante country. In 2006 he moved to Boulder, Utah to indulge his obsession for the wild places where he bases himself for worldwide expeditions documenting humanitarian projects and for losing himself in the remotest canyons of the Colorado Plateau. See Ace’s portfolio here.