National Geographic : 1994 Sep
On Assignment t's not that easy to shoot from the back of a horse," says free Ilancer JOANNA PINNEO (above, on foot), who got her share of sad dle time while photographing the Sonoran Desert article. Riding des ert trails for hours at a stretch, "I really felt like an old-time cowboy," she says, "with the reins in one hand and my camera, instead of a gun, in the other." Meeting the people of the Sono ran--such as these cattle ranchers near Hermosillo, Mexico -was the best part of the story for the photog rapher. "I loved learning about how they make their lives in the desert." Joanna makes her life in Washing ton, D. C . Raised in Richmond, Virginia, she graduated from Mary Washington College with majors in psychology and art. She says both disciplines have proved useful in her career behind the camera, including a GEOGRAPHIC article on the Pales tinians: "I like making photographs that cause you to ask questions." Etiquette at Japan's ubiquitous kar aoke bars dictates that everyone in the establishment must perform to taped music. When freelance photographer PETER ESSICK'S turn came at a bar in Kanazawa, Japan, he instead found a guitar and accompanied himself, singing Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"-much to the delight of the local crowd. "I like to immerse myself in dif ferent cultures," says Essick, a Bur bank, California, native who has documented ways of life from Botswana to Brooklyn. Working in Japan for this issue, he developed an affinity for the writings of the well-traveled poet Matsuo Basho. In the 1600s Basho wrote: "Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home." Says the peripatetic photogra pher, "That's a pretty good descrip tion of my life on the road today." KUNIOKADOWAKI NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W ., WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036-4688. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O . BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.