Photography Ret Talbot is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer. Frequently traveling with artist Karen Talbot on assignment, there is much crossover between their work.
Ret has 20 years experience covering stories from some of the more remote corners of the globe. From the icy summits of the Andes to the reefs of Papua New Guinea, his assignments have taken him off the beaten track and put his readers face-to-face with stories of adventure, new ideas and innovative approaches to commonplace issues.
A graduate of the prestigious writing programs at both Wheaton College and the University of St. Andrews, Ret launched his career balancing work as a mountaineering and fly-fishing guide, freelance writer and English teacher. While not in a river, on a glacier or at the head of a classroom, Ret traveled extensively lecturing on his own expeditions to places like North Africa, Alaska, Norway, Ecuador, and Peru.
Since 2007, Ret has worked as a fulltime freelance writer and photographer, penning stories for magazines and working on book-length projects. His most recent work has focused on marine ecosystems and the myriad interactions between humans and those ecosystems. From the artisanal fisheries of Pacific Islanders to the heavily politicized commercial fisheries of Hawaii, Ret has spent much of the last few years interviewing fishermen, politicians, scientists, environmentalists, and other fisheries stakeholders about the concept of sustainability.
Ret and Karen split their time between Laguna Beach, California and Merna, Wyoming.