The Palouse

January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann

Located just south of Spokane, in Washington state, The Palouse is a rich farming area area of some 3000 square miles. It is somewhat reminiscent of Tuscany, in Italy, except instead of vineyards the main crop here is wheat and Rapeseed (Canola).

The Palouse is also one of the most photographically exciting areas to explore, in large measure because it is capacitively unknown. It is not a national park, and there are little in the way of guidance to this area. The only one with which I’m familiar isRobert Hitchman’s Photograph America newsletter – Issue #54.

In June of 2007, along with four other photographers, and friends, and Video Journal producer Chris sanderson, I spent a week photographing in The Palouse as well as the Mt. Rainier and Mt St. Helens arewas. This page contains photographs and anecdotes from that shoot.


Palouse #1 – June, 2007

Hasselblad H2 with Phase One P45+ back and 300mm f/4.5 lens @ ISO 50

The most striking visual aspect of The Palouse is its rolling hills, with various crops planted in swirling patterns. Combine this with dappled sunlight (which we were fortunate enough to have during our shoot) and the landscape almost comes alive with texture, colour and sensuous shapes.


more to come…

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Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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