Internationally renowned mushroom photographer Taylor Lockwood is coming to Salem to present breathtaking photos.
Lockwood, author of books such as Treasures from the Kingdom of Fungi, The Good, the Bad and the Deadly and Mushrooms of America, will speak about his adventures in mushrooming and the artistry of his photographs on October 25 in an evening to which all of Salem is invited.
The event is presented by the Willamette Valley Mushroom Society (WVMS), which has hosted Lockwood to acclaim in the past. WVMS President Maureen Heiser and the local group consider Lockwood one of the foremost mushroom photographers in the world. “He has traveled the world to find the most rare and beautiful mushrooms,” she says. “We wanted to share his tremendous knowledge and beautiful photography with everyone in Salem.”
Heiser notes that Lockwood’s specialty is bioluminescent mushrooms — mushrooms that glow in the dark. “His photos of those are really amazing. And he is a very engaging and entertaining speaker as well as a terrific photographer.”
Lockwood grew up near Seattle in an art-aware environment and took an interest in music at an early age. After working in music in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, however, he set out looking for a cooler, greener place to live and discovered his new passion.
In December 1984, in the middle of the rainy season, he moved to Mendocino, California. In his first week there, he “discovered” mushrooms, bought a camera, and began taking photos.
Since that time Lockwood has taken thousands of photos and done hundreds of shows in the U.S. and around the world. His work has appeared in the National Geographic Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications. His photo of a bioluminescent mushroom was the first mushroom photo ever put onto a US postage stamp.
“Breathtaking, awesome, and exquisite,” says Dr. Don Hemmes, Professor of Biology from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo about Lockwood’s work. “Not only does he search out the most pristine mushrooms to photograph, his composition, color and lighting are unparalleled. Taylor is the Michelangelo of the mushroom world.”
The WVMS has operated in Salem since 1956, meeting monthly for information-sharing on all things having to do with fungi. It travels to forests in the Cascades and the Coast Range to hunt for wild mushrooms in the spring and fall.
“We hope anyone with an interest in mushrooms will come to this event, as well as people with an interest in photography,” says Heiser. “Taylor Lockwood calls his presentation ‘mushroom art’ – and it really is. His photographs are breathtaking, and we think anyone who appreciates the beauty of the natural world will enjoy his presentation.”
The Mushroom Art Universe of Taylor Lockwood
Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m.
585 Liberty St. SE
Free to Willamette Valley
Mushroom Society members