Annette Bottaro-Walklet is
the youngest in a family of artists raised in the picturesque surroundings
of California's Carmel Valley and the
After earning a degree in Economics and Business Management
from Sonoma State University in Northern California's wine country, she
pursued her dream of living in Yosemite National Park and took a job in the park's
Yosemite Valley. Skills she had acquired while employed as a color printer
mini-labs, combined with her interest in the relationship of color and
form in the natural landscape steered her in the direction of fine art
photography. In the late 1980s she became the Assistant Manager and Workshop
Coordinator for The Ansel Adams Gallery, located in Yosemite Valley.
The role immersed her in the world of fine art, introduced her to the
of photography and helped refine her own imagery.
In 1993 she left the Gallery to pursue photography full-time as manager
of QuietWorks Photography. Since that time she has taught photography
workshops for a variety of organizations.
as an instructor earned her an opportunity to serve as a Park Programmer
for Kodak in Yellowstone National Park the summer of 1998, providing
and lectures to the public in a role similar to one she performed in
Her photographs routinely appear in calendars, books and magazines,
and her fine prints have won numerous awards in
group and national
juried exhibits, and are in private and corporate collections worldwide.
works in 35mm and 4x5 formats, preferring intimate and abstract
details in the natural landscape.
A native of the East Coast and graduate
of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, Keith S. Walklet traded a daily
commute (from Connecticut to
New York City) and most of his belongings, for a camera and motorcycle,
with which he explored the continental U.S. and Alaska. Arriving in Yosemite
National Park in 1984 "for one winter," he set about documenting
its grand scenes and subtle beauty first with 35 mm, then 6x7 cm and
4x5 field cameras.
The "one winter" became fourteen years and his responsibilities
shifted from polishing porcelain (his first park job) to polishing press
overseeing interpretive programs for the primary park concessioner. Living
and working in the park provided Keith an opportunity to thoroughly explore
the Yosemite region with his camera. Over time he has demonstrated an uncanny
ability to anticipate and capture the spectacular atmospheric phenomena definitive
of the alpine landscape.
Keith now works full time as a photographer and writer and instructor;
he and his wife operate QuietWorks Photography out of their Boise,
moving to Boise
in 1999, he has taken advantage of its central location to continue his exploration
of the West’s scenic beauty. Walklet’s work has appeared in publications
such as Audubon calendars, Backpacker magazine and National Geographic books.
His first book "Yosemite,
An Enduring Treasure" was published by
The Yosemite Association (now
Yosemite Conservancy) in July of 2001. In His second book, "The
Ahwahnee, Yosemite’s Grand Hotel," was released in 2004. More
recently he collaborated with four fellow photographers, Charles Cramer, Karl
Kroeber, Scot Miller and Mike Osborne to produce "First
Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite's Backcountry," which celebrates
the beauty they find on their annual expeditions into the park's wilderness.