The Story of Cochineal in the Canary Islands for Knit Wit Magazine

Just over 60 miles off the western coast of Morocco lie the Canary Islands: seven Spanish islands that are historically considered the bridge between Africa, Asia, and Europe. Within this deep history lies the story of cochineal, a small insect that grows on prickly pear cactus and produces a spectrum of red, from soft lilacs to deep crimson. To understand the Canaries, to understand the color red, you have to understand cochineal. 
So, that’s what we set out to do. Two photographers, we met in Montana a decade ago, and later made a pact to take a workshop together every year. This year, we decided to go on an adventure instead, to follow the story of cochineal on the Canary Islands—first, on the lush and tropical Gran Canaria and then on black, volcanic Lanzarote." -excerpt from fellow photographer and decade-long friend, Greta Rybus' and my article in the latest issue of Knit Wit Magazine.
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Cochineal dying in Gran Canaria in The Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Chana Perrera of the association Milana in Lanzarote, Canary Islands harvests cochineal in her field of prickly pear cacti by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A detail of cochineal being transferred between cacti with the use of a mesh bag in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A detail of cochineal in a tray with a harvesting spoon in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Lorenzo Perez, Jr., harvests cochineal at his farm Canaturex in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Details of yarn dyed with cochineal in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Hands holding two cups of natural dye liquid with cochineal...various shades by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Uli Güse is a natural dyer in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
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Chana Perrera at Association Milana in Lanzarote, Canary Islands poses with freshly harvested cochineal by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Lorenzo Perez Sr, and Jr., harvest cochineal in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Chana Perrera at Association Milana in Lanzarote, Canary Islands poses with a scarf dyed with cochineal by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A scarf dyed with cochineal blows in the wind by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
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The Canary Islands - Part Two

 

My decade-long friend and Maine-based photographer Greta Rybus and I collaborated on a handful of stories in the Canary Islands, located off the western coast of Morocco. We're still preparing some stories for publication, but I couldn't wait to share some outtakes from our trip! Part two.
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People enjoy La Geria winery in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, by Rebecca Stumpf RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Gran Canaria road scene in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Greta Rybus in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Detail of a crumbling wall in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A courtyard restaurant in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Old photos and a map from early Canary Islands history on a wall by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A giant succulent plant in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A street scene in Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
People ride camels at Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A couple of people enjoy a still moment at the former home of renowned architect, César Manrique by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A woman looks around the courtyard at Hotel Palacio Ico in Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Fresh limpets in Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A simple white traditional house in Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Portrait of Greta Rybus in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A winding road in Tenerife in the Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
Details of black volcanic beach rocks in Lanzarote, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A woman enjoys a swimming hole in La Gomera, Canary Islands by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer
A Lanzarotan breakfast in the Canary Islands at Hotel Palacio Ico by RebeccaStumpf.Food.Travel.Lifestyle.Denver.Boulder.Colorado.Photographer

Recent Publications: Vail Beaver Creek Magazine, 5280 Home, etc

Shot on assignment for Vail Beaver Creek Magazine, Winter 2017
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Artist Alexa Allen for 5280 Home, October November 2017

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Rosehouse in Denver for 5280 Home (top story only), August/September 2017

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For more recent tear sheets, see HERE too!

Denver Central Market for 5280 Home

Denver Central Market shot for 5280 Home.
All images ©Rebecca Stumpf

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The Collective Quarterly Workshop - Montana

There's a freedom of spirit that runs wild in Montana...and in the Paradise Valley south of Bozeman, that freedom is palpable.  The valley runs long and narrow, lined by sweeping mountains and capped by the Big Sky, one that seems to go on forever.  Recently I was one of 45 selected photographers to attend a photography workshop put on by The Collective Quarterly, a beautiful and inspiring magazine about discovery; it was fitting we met in Montana. Top industry professionals from Time Magazine, Patagonia, and more, shared their insight, knowledge and experience in the industry during our week together. They reviewed all 45 of our portfolios, one-on-one, providing guidance and inspiration for us on our creative paths. It was a truly magical week, one that left me with some serious nostalgia for Montana, and with new ways of seeing. So grateful for all the amazing beings I met there and whom inspired me on this journey.

All images © Rebecca Stumpf

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Recent Publications: Worth Magazine, Another Escape, Runner's World, Luxe and More...

Recent tear sheets from various publications...

all images ©rebecca stumpf

Worth, December/January 2015, exploring the Colorado pot industry and one specific lawyer-turned-pot-entrepreneur, Travis Howard.

(above image not mine, all others, yes)


Runner's World, November 2015, Bryan Dayton at Oak  at Fourteenth in Boulder


A little gif I made with iPhone photos from the UK-based magazine Another Escape shoot on ski cartographer Jim Niehues.


Luxe, December 2015, textile artist, Maryanne Quinn

just to show current cover (not my image)


American Psychological Association Magazine, December 2015

A Summer Adventure Leading with National Geographic Student Expeditions - Prague, Part I

In June and July I had the opportunity to lead a photo workshop for National Geographic Student Expeditions in Prague.  Four leaders, one Czech expert, and one National Geographic expert extraordinaire hit the streets of Prague with the challenge to inspire and encourage thirty-five students to take their photography to the next level.  It was fantastic to see the students stretch their comfort zones through a mix of photo talks, critiques, in-field assignments and newly gained Czech language skills. Our Nat Geo Expert, Matthieu Paley joined us for the entirety of the workshop and provided a mix of both witty humor, photographic genius, and unstoppable acro-yoga skills.  As I said goodbye to the last student at JFK at the end of the trip, I had to stop and pinch myself to make sure what just happened was real.  Sometimes I feel like I'm living a dream.  I love this job with all my heart.  

Here's a sampling of random images from Prague...more to come from the beautiful area of Southern Bohemia - specifically the towns of Zdikov and Cesky Krumlov.

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Prague, from the Vltava River

Prague, from the Vltava River

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Traditional Czech pastry, trdelnik

Traditional Czech pastry, trdelnik

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One of my students, Anneke

One of my students, Anneke

Matthieu works with Jackson in the field.

Matthieu works with Jackson in the field.

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A view from Letná Park

A view from Letná Park

Could my students be any more adorable?! :)

Could my students be any more adorable?! :)

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Students laugh with Matthieu and co-leader, Winston the first night in Prague.

Students laugh with Matthieu and co-leader, Winston the first night in Prague.

A European family enjoys a ride down the Vltava River one evening.

A European family enjoys a ride down the Vltava River one evening.

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One of the students, Harry, enjoys the view at Letná Park.

One of the students, Harry, enjoys the view at Letná Park.

Tourists look out the Eiffel Tower of Prague.

Tourists look out the Eiffel Tower of Prague.

A boat floats along the Vltava River near the Charles Bridge.

A boat floats along the Vltava River near the Charles Bridge.

Students curate their final gallery show on the last night with the help of Matthieu.

Students curate their final gallery show on the last night with the help of Matthieu.

A wall in the final gallery show

A wall in the final gallery show

My super acrobatic co-leader, Val

My super acrobatic co-leader, Val

One of my students, Olive

One of my students, Olive

My awesome class, aka a bunch of budding photographers, Matthieu and myself

My awesome class, aka a bunch of budding photographers, Matthieu and myself

Alex, one of my inspiring co-leaders

Alex, one of my inspiring co-leaders

Our final night in Prague dining on the river, a night of messing around with double exposures. This was my second digital double exposure ever...and I think the very last image I took in Prague.  It's pretty meh.

Our final night in Prague dining on the river, a night of messing around with double exposures. This was my second digital double exposure ever...and I think the very last image I took in Prague.  It's pretty meh.

Olomouc, Czech Republic!

Dobrý den from the Czech Republic!  I'm currently in the beautiful, historic city of Prague where I am leading a National Geographic Student Expeditions Photo Workshop for two weeks.  Tomorrow, the students arrive from all over the US for the intensely packed trip, complete with an excursion to Southern Bohemia.  National Geographic photographer Mattieu Paley is with us for the two weeks as the Nat Geo Expert who will work closely with the students as we are out and about shooting.

I came over a bit early to explore the much smaller, non-touristy city of Olomouc (pronounced Olomoats)...about two hours from the Polish border.  It was a cute, quaint little town with windy, cobblestone streets and friendly faces around every corner.  Hope you'll enjoy just a small handful of images from there!  More to come...

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