Londie Garcia Padelsky
A seventh generation Californian from a ranching family in San Luis Obispo, Londie has been a freelance photographer for over thirty years.
Her extensive travel has led her to photograph many places of the world, including extended journeys into the Sierra wilderness by horseback, and by boat in Alaska and Canada. On one such excursion Londie traveled with another photographer on a nineteen-foot Zodiac inflatable open boat from Washington to Juneau Alaska- a round trip for two and a half months camping on and photographing the remote islands along the way. In 1997 Londie undertook a photography expedition, riding horseback along with a packer leading 5 mules over 250 miles across the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains on the John Muir Trail. They began the trip in Yosemite Valley on a hot August day and finished eight weeks later in Lone Pine after riding out of the high country in a full-blown snowstorm.
“My photography speaks of my life, who I am and what I do. I love living out there, rustic and totally immersed with nature. For me, watching light slowly add dimension to a shadowed scene, by painting it with color, is as enjoyable as photographing a fast paced cattle roundup from horseback. Whether it is a person’s face, a grand landscape, or one of nature’s intimate details, light is the magic that makes the subject come alive.”
Londie splits her time between the family ranch in San Luis Obispo and her home in the Eastern Sierra Mountains. She has had several one-woman shows at Galen Rowell’s Mountain Light Gallery, Mammoth Gallery, and at Bjerre Garcia Realty in San Luis Obispo. Her photography has been published worldwide in books, hundreds of calendars, and in national magazines, including National Geographic Traveler, Backpacker, Country, Cowboys and Indians, Outside, Sunset, and Western Horseman.
Londie has two pictorial books: ‘California Missions’ and ‘Outhouses, Flushing Out America’s Hidden Treasures’.