Pacific Grove Photographer Wins National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 15, 2001 - Ventana Chapter Vice-Chair Robin Way of
Pacific Grove has received the Sierra Club's 2001 Ansel Adams Award. The
award honors individuals who have made superlative use of still photography
to further a conservation cause.
Way photographs threatened open spaces in the central coastal area of
California and combines them into photomontages to demonstrate negative
environmental effects of proposed developments. Recently his photography
helped to defeat a proposed freeway threatening Hatton Canyon, a valuable
wildlife corridor and open space buffer near Carmel.
He began his career in 1969 as administrative assistant to David Brower,
when Brower served as executive director of the national Sierra Club. He was
the sole photographer of the Sierra Club exhibit on San Francisco Bay that
promoted state legislation to establish the San Francisco Bay conservation
and Development Commisssion.
Way's recent montages have drawn attention to the threat of development
of historic Marks Ranch near Salinas. He is a regular contributor of
photographs to the Ventana, the newsletter of the Sierra Club's Ventana
Chapter, and is currently documenting in photographs many local open space
areas threatened by development: Pebble Beach wetlands, Salinas River
riparian corridor, Arroyo Seco River sand and gravel dredging operations,
and proposed logging operations in the Mill Creek watershed in Big Sur.
In 1999 the City of Pacific Grove Arts Commission nominated Way as
Artist of the Year. One of Way's photographs was chosen to illustrate the
2001 Big Sur International Marathon poster.
Way is a now a carpenter by trade. Although he does commercial
photography for his employer, his photographic skills on behalf of
environmental causes are done as a volunteer. "Robin's photography has
been invaluable in influencing public opinion and shaping land use decisions
to protect the environment," says Clark Beck, Conservation Chair of the
Sierra Club's Ventana Chapter.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the
country's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. It
currently has more than 700,000 members. Ansel Adams, who was made famous
by his striking photographs of the Yosemite Valley, was a long-time member
of the club and served on its board of directors for more than 25 years.