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Vanishing Images Photography

About Vanishing Images Photography

We travel with photography in mind. Everywhere habitats are challenged by human factors. As the earth warms glaciers and ice caps melt at accelerating rates, habitats and beautiful creatures are threatened or are in danger of extinction. We display vanishing images that may not be seen in the future. Fortunately, through the protection of national parks, preserves and untiring work of conservation organizations prospects for future generations to view these wonders are enhanced. We hope you enjoy these images but more importantly realize the urgent need to protect every human being, these amazing habitats and animals on our wonderful planet.


Photographer:   K. Michael Peddecord is a documentary photographer with an interest in natural settings and the human interplay with our environment. He retired from his academic career in 2010 and is an emeritus professor of Public Health at San Diego State University. A lifelong camera owner he began building his visual arts skills as a college yearbook photographer and photo editor. Opportunities to travel have allowed seeing wondrous landscapes, cities, towns, people, animals, and birds. These experiences have brought a profound understanding of the negative impacts of human-caused climate change and economic exploitation. Along with his wife and photography partner Mary, they record images that may vanish in the future, thus the founding of Vanishing Images Photography. In 2012 they began showing and sharing their images in photography contests, exhibits, and more recently this website.






Please see our Inspiration & Acknowledgment page for more information

Photographer:  Mary Peddecord's primary interest is wildlife photography.   Her first experience with photography was at Arizona State University where she learned darkroom skills in an electron microscopy course. Earning a BS and MS in Microbiology she worked as a clinical microbiologist for many years. A trip to Kenya in 2011 led to a love of wildlife photography and awareness of the serious threats these animals face. She continues to expand her range of photographic interests and skills and produces memorable works that she shares in contests, exhibits, and on this website.  



Vanishing Images -- what other photographers say:

Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes a precise movement in time. We play with subjects that disappear; and when there gone, it’s impossible to bring them back to life.   Henri Cartier-Bresson

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all facilities convert to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.     Henri Cartier-Bresson

Exhibits, Public Displays, and Recognitions

Exhibit. Grossmont Healthcare District Library, La Mesa, CA. Spring 2017 Photography Exhibit, Mary with 2 other photographers. Exhibit. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center.

Judged completion and exhibit:  Title:  Vanishing Images:   Photography by Mary and Michael Peddecord. Displayed, June and July 2018. Approximately 30 images. Related story and image published in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

San Diego County Fair International Exhibition of Photography.  Mary, three images accepted and displayed in 2019.  Michael, one image accepted and displayed in 2019.

Contests. Mission Trails Annual Photo Contest 2019. Michael Third place, adult, animals for Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.  Photo Contest 2018. Michael. Best in Show for Sphinx Moth on Sage. Contest.

Contest and Public Display. Sharp Grossmont Annual Employee and Volunteer Calendar Competition. Each year, 12 images are chosen by employee vote. In addition to calendar publication images printed, framed, and perpetually displayed in hospital hallways. Mary was a winner in 2015, 2016, 2017.  Michael was a winner in 2018, 2019. Contest.

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