McPherson photographer to present to Smoky Hills Audubon Society November 20

By Kansas Wesleyan University
November 10, 2014
Jim Griggs

The Smoky Hills Audubon Society (SHAS) will host its November meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University in Peters Hall of Science, Room 229.

Social with refreshments begins at 7 p.m., followed by announcements at 7:30 p.m. and a FREE program by photographer Jim Griggs at 7:40 p.m. The program will end at about 8:45 p.m. with a drawing for prizes. The public is invited.

This free program is titled, “Kansas – It’s All in How You See It!”

About this program of Kansas birds that he has photographed, Griggs says, ““I put it together to talk about the bum rap Kansas gets among the travel and photography people." Griggs has agreed to also include images of ‘Birds of Tanzania,’ where he will lead a photo safari in April 2015.

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SPEAKER: Jim has been active in photography since 1970.  He studied portrait photography and worked as an assistant and eventually a part time photographer for Crenshaw’s Studio in Denison, Texas.

Since that time he has photographed weddings, commercial projects, aerial and industrial assignments. Additionally, his involvement in backpacking and the wilderness areas of Texas in Big Bend and Guadalupe National Parks led to his keen interest in and photography of the scenic and wild splendors of the world and has seen his photography assist in conservation efforts.

From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Griggs was a teaching assistant at Wilderness Photography Workshops in both Colorado and Wyoming, where he assisted widely-known and published writer/photographer, Boyd Norton, catering to clients such as Smithsonian Tours of Washington, D.C.

Griggs’s work has been published in numerous magazines, books, calendars, newspapers, postcards, websites and brochures including those of the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Wildlife, National Geographic, Shutterbug, Footprints, Plastics Engineering, Kiplinger’s Retirement Magazine, National Kart News, Backroads of Colorado and Extreme Golf, among others.

Griggs presents lectures for groups all over the region on topics such as the Prairies, Serengeti and Tanzania, The Tambopata Rain Forest of Peru, The Galapagos Islands, Alaska, Hawaii, and Jasper National Park, and also lectures on instructional programs for photographers, both beginner and advanced, including Lightroom 4. In April 2015, Jim will be leading a Photo Safari to Tanzania. For information, contact him at [email protected] or call 620-241-6282.