I am very excited to announce that, over the past six months, my fine art photography has been featured in four publications: two magazine articles, an Arizona visitor’s guide, and an upcoming book on the 125th anniversary of Paso Robles, California. In the summer of 2013, I was contacted by the former Curator of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, who requested an interview on the subject of my photography of abandoned places and techniques used to capture and post-process the images. Featured on pages 26-27 of the November 2013 issue of Journal Plus Magazine (the magazine of the California Central Coast), the article consists of an interview and samples of my urbex/rurex work (urban exploration/rural exploration).
The article is titled SLO County Art Scene: Renee Besta’s Photographic Memory and focuses on my passion for shooting decaying and abandoned structures, as well as why the presence of humans is sometimes best demonstrated by their absence in a photograph. You can read the archived article here, or see the screen capture of the spread below.
In early 2014, one of my images of Native American (Sinagua) petroglyphs was published in the 2014-2015 Experience Sedona Official Visitor’s Guide, produced by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and City of Sedona. Located in the upper right corner of page 10, the image – Hymn to Our Culture – was taken in the Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness area not far from the towns of Sedona and Camp Verde and Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona. These petroglyphs are located on the V-Bar-V Ranch and can be viewed by registering at the visitor center and hiking out about a mile or so. Unfortunately, there is no direct link available online to the page; however, you can view the publication online after registering or have a copy mailed to you by clicking on this Visit Sedona link.
In the February/March 2014 issue of SLO Life Magazine, my image Ever Returning – taken inside the historic Mission San Miguel church – was featured in a two-page spread and mini-article found on pages 18-19. SLO is the local vernacular for the little California Central Coast town of San Luis Obispo. The article is titled Go to the Light and focuses on my love for this wonderful mission gem and why I was compelled to take the photograph. At this time the archived February/March 2014 issue is not yet available online, but you can learn more about the magazine by clicking here.
Lastly, an image I shot of an abandoned farmhouse in a rural area east of Paso Robles, California, will be published in an upcoming book by Bob Flood on the history of Paso Robles in celebration of the city’s 125th Anniversary. When I receive a copy, I will post the page here. The photograph, Once Upon a Time, is below.