One of the folks I considered my mentor in the photography world passed away last weekend. Rick Knepp was a friend and colleague, who taught me more about the Eastern Sierra, photography, and the business of being a photographic educator than I will ever be able to pass along.
I met Rick in October 1999--I'd taken the month off to focus on my photography--I still had a day job at the time. On back to back weekends I took photographic workshops with Rick (through the Mono Lake committee) and Galen Rowell (through his gallery in Bishop), and I never stopped going back to the Eastern Sierra, or ricks workshops. Rick's Mono Lake workshops were particularly special--I made a point of going to the winter workshops every time I could. Rick introduced me to PhotoCentral, where I teach today.
I wouldn't be where I am today if it were not for his efforts and guidance.
I'll miss Rick's enthusiasm, his passion for the beautiful wide landscapes of the Eastern Sierra and Great Basin, and most of all his friendship. Peace to you, Rick.