Photographers Robb Helfrick and James Randklev have both been photographing the Georgia landscape for over a decade, and found the state to be nothing short of spectacular.
“It was love at first sight as they say,” said Randklev. “Georgia is truly a state to experience first-hand for its friendly hospitality, its rich history and its awe inspiring landscapes.”
Come explore the Peach State with them in Farcountry’s newest release: Georgia Unforgettable.
“I started a personal quest to see all of Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites,” said Helfrick of his career in Georgia, “and I quickly found places I would return to over and over again.”
While building their portfolios, the photographers each had unique experiences and challenges across the state.
“There are always challenges when you’re trying to photograph a location, but sometimes that presents unique opportunities for creativity and adventure,” said Helfrick.
He recalls photographing the Windsor Hotel in Americus. The property owner arranged for a fire truck to give Helfrick an elevated view of his subject.
“They then proceeded to have Main Street shut down in both directions—at 5 in the afternoon no less—so I could get my shot,” recalls the photographer. “That’s typical Southern hospitality!”
For Helfrick, aerial shots are one of the most exciting aspects of photography.
“Shooting aerials from helicopters has always been a challenge and a thrill,” he said. “Especially when the door is taken off on my side and there is nothing between me and the subject I’m shooting far below. Shooting from the air over coastal areas has always been very exciting!”
Helfrick says that his favorite place to shoot in Georgia is Savannah.
“The special feel of the city with its landscaped squares and abundant history just speaks volumes to me,” he said. “I love to photograph there—especially in the spring—and as I walk the through the historic district I often find myself hoping that I’m fortunate enough to live on one of its quiet squares one day.”
For James Randklev, Georgia’s unique landscapes were true inspiration.
“I was seduced by its incredible natural beauty,” said Randklev of his experience photographing the state.
A professional photographer for 40 years, Randklev has traveled to almost every state during his career.
“We as Americans are blessed to have such diversity in one country,” said Randklev. “I found the Southeast, in particular Georgia, to have an amazing landscape to photograph. Though photography was a challenge with seasonal changes and unpredictable weather, I was rewarded with indelible images that define just how magnificent this state is.”
Randklev’s favorite photograph was the one he captured while visiting Minnehaha Falls in the north Georgia Mountains.
“This little known pristine falls defines what Georgia is all about,” he said. “I felt humbled just visiting it once found, and had one of those rare moments when I could not set up my camera until I visually and spiritually soaked in its beauty for myself.”
Rich in history, landscape, and southern hospitality, Georgia is a state that is truly unforgettable.
Georgia Unforgettable is available at local bookstores and gift shops, through online retailers, or from Farcountry Press at 1.800.821.3874, www.farcountrypress.com.
About the Photographers
Robb Helfrick lives in Atlanta and specializes in location photography for corporate and editorial clients. His photographs have appeared in Sierra, National Geographic Traveler, Audubon, National Parks, Travel Holiday, Sky, National Geographic Adventure, and Atlanta Magazine. Robb’s work was featured exclusively in the Fodor’s guidebook Georgia, and he was also the sole photographer for the Farcountry Press books Atlanta Impressions, Charlotte Impressions, North Carolina Simply Beautiful, Savannah Impressions, and St. Augustine Impressions. He is a recipient of the Leonard Foote Award for Excellence in Conservation Photography and has won many other honors for his work.
Master landscape photographer James Randklev has photographed America for forty years, primarily with a large-format camera that provides the rich images collected in this volume. His brilliant and sensitive work has made him one of the Sierra Club’s most published photographers. His color photographs have appeared in books, periodicals, calendars, and advertising—
About Farcountry Press
Celebrating its 32nd year in 2012, the award-winning publisher specializes in softcover and hardcover color photography books showcasing the nation’s cities, states, national parks, and wildlife. Farcountry also publishes several popular children’s series, as well as guidebooks, cookbooks, and regional history titles nationwide.
The staff produces about 25 books annually; the backlist has grown to more than 300 titles.
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Title: Georgia Unforgettable
Photography by: Robb Helfrick and James Randklev
Text by: Robb Helfrick
Shelving category: Local Interest/Photography
Publication date: September 2012
Specs: 120 pages, 10 1/2 x 12, 143 color photographs, hardcover, Smythe-sewn
ISBN 10: 1-56037-526-
ISBN 13: 978-1-56037-
ISBN 10: 1-56037-541-
ISBN 13: 978-1-56037-
Case quantity: 14