Public radio station WUFT-FM Florida’s 89.1 will honor its 32nd anniversary with a limited edition poster featuring an image by photographers John Moran and David Moynahan. “Oasis in the Dark/Suwannee River” will be a 24” x 36” vertical poster available during the WUFT-FM fall membership campaign from Oct. 7 to 18.
Moran, a University of Florida alumnus, captures images of Florida’s landscapes and wildlife with an emphasis on the state’s waters: the rivers, lakes, coasts, swamps and springs, and the creatures that inhabit them. Moran was named Florida’s official state photographer in 2007, and his work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time, Smithsonian and the New York Times Magazine. Following a 23-year career as a photographer, writer and editor for The Gainesville Sun, Moran left the world of daily journalism in 2003 to concentrate full time on photographing the best of vanishing natural Florida.
Native Floridian Moynahan is a conservation photographer whose pictures help advocate for preservation of the state’s wild places. He received awards at the Nature’s Best Photography 2011 Windland Smith Rice Awards and is a staff photographer for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Office of Recreation Services. His images have appeared on books and guides about Florida’s public land.
The poster will be available during the campaign along with a set of four notecards featuring Florida springs after dark. The poster and the cards will be available for a $120 contribution to public radio.
Posters that are pledged for can be picked up at a poster signing reception on Monday, Nov. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Moran and Moynahan will be on hand to sign and add a personal message and Sweetwater Picture Framing will feature special framing prices.
Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM and WJUF-FM 90.1 are part of the UF College of Journalism and Communications Division of Multimedia Properties and serve as a training facility for students. The stations cover 16 counties in North Florida and an additional three counties in Florida’s Nature Coast (Citrus, Sumter and Hernando) and feature NPR, PRI and locally originated programming. WUFT-FM began broadcasting on Sept. 27, 1981.
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Traveling the Sunshine State with his cameras, John Moran seeks his vision of natural Florida as it must have appeared to Ponce de León and other early strangers in paradise. Moran’s work celebrates the magic of a unique landscape born of water and blessed with beauty beyond measure.
His portfolio of landscape and wildlife photography ranges from the Gulf to the Atlantic with an emphasis on Florida waters: the rivers, lakes, coasts, swamps and springs, and the creatures that inhabit them.
A University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications graduate, Moran’s photography has appeared in numerous books and magazines including National Geographic, Life, Time, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine and on the cover of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida.
Moran has been named Photographer of the Year for the Southeastern U.S. by the National Press Photographers Association. His photograph of alligators at dusk at Paynes Prairie State Park, titled The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, was selected as the top-placing American photograph in the United Nations Earth Summit photo contest. Moran was Florida’s official state nature photographer in 2007.
Following a 23-year career as a photographer, writer and editor for The Gainesville Sun, Moran left the world of daily journalism in 2003 to concentrate full time on photographing the best of vanishing natural Florida. Moran’s Journal of Light: The Visual Diary of a Florida Nature Photographer was published in 2004.
Moran has recently partnered with UF art history professor Lesley Gamble to create the Springs Eternal Project. His 30-year love affair with the springs of Florida is chronicled in a traveling museum exhibition titled Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth, which opened in 2013 at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville and runs through Dec. 15. Other projects are in the works, including a county-by-county statewide photo book on natural Florida to be titled “One State, Many Worlds.”
On photographing the nature of Florida, Moran says, “truly a universal language, photography can help us better understand and appreciate the many gifts of nature bestowed upon this great state we call home.”
As a conservation photographer, David’s goal is to help raise awareness of the natural and beautiful world that still surrounds us. At this time of spiraling environmental crises, too many people are disconnected from nature. By adding his work to the efforts of environmental groups, scientists, and policy makers – honoring the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” – he believes that we can re-inspire awe, respect, and stewardship of our remaining wild places.
A Florida native, David grew up in Miami, with Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and Keys his extended backyard. He spent his youth exploring the seashores and studying the creatures that lived there. Early on, he began to paint and photograph seascapes, fishes, birds, and abstract compositions in nature. Photography became the basis of his journal-keeping as he explored biology, medicine, art, travel, and parenting into adulthood. Over the past decade, his love and respect for the natural world, eye for composition, and his long photographic experience have converged into the striking images that make up his work today.
Some recent notable accomplishments:
- Nature’s Best Photography 2011 Windland Smith Rice International Awards, Smithsonian Exhibit. Highly honored winner.
- Gadsden Arts Center. May 11 – July 28, 2012. Diversity and Creativity: Photography in the 21st Century
- City of Tallahassee Artport Gallery Solo Exhibition. March 27 – May 29, 2012. Entitled H2O, the show features work from Florida, Iceland, and Yellowstone National Park.
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