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JOHN GOTTBERG ANDERSON
John Gottberg was always meant to be a writer and a traveler. He had his first professional newspaper job at 16. Soon after graduating from the University of Oregon in journalism, he departed on a seven-month solo trip to Europe. Over ensuing decades — between news jobs in Honolulu, Seattle, Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles — John found time to write 19 books and scores of articles for domestic and international magazines. He did graduate work in comparative religion and Asian studies, managed editorial content for book publishers in Singapore and Paris, taught university-level journalism courses, and won national awards for his writing.
John has also been a cook, a musician, a carpenter and a sheep shearer. He has tended bar in Amsterdam, studied batik art in Java, won the Hawaii state snow-skiing championship, and failed miserably at tango dancing in Argentina. As a traveler, he seeks out new adventures, often in “discomfort zones,” instead of sipping rum drinks on sandy beaches. As a writer, he strives to engage readers in his storytelling, informing and entertaining them.
From the moment she first picked up a camera at the
age of 12, Barb has been enthralled with the visual image. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she studied photography, film and fashion at the University of California-Davis. After her graduation, she moved to Hollywood, where she oversaw production for several major studios for a dozen years before transitioning to the field of audiovisual technology. Her self-illustrated, 2004 book, “The Home Electronics Survival Guide,” was a classic of its genre, and she continues to write and speak on subjects of technology as “The Simple Tech Guru.”
Now she has come full circle. Since Barb returned to her first love, travel photography, about 10 years ago, she has since been published in newspapers, magazines and books around the country. Her work has been featured in private shows and installations at major resorts. She approaches her photographic subjects with the eye of a fine artist, telling the story of a place through broad strokes and details.