Visit Bend teams with local artists for new photography book: ‘Ineffable (Vol. III)’

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Looking for a way to tuck Bend under the Christmas tree? A new photography collaboration makes it possible, just in time for the holidays.

Released on Wednesday, Ineffable (Vol III) is a photo book created by Bend photographer and designer Richard Bacon, along with 33 local photographers and Visit Bend. The book features nearly 100 images showcasing Central Oregon’s landscapes, people, world class recreation, and urban settings.

“With the pandemic changing travel plans for many of us, Ineffable offers a unique way to experience the beauty and character of Bend,” explained Nate Wyeth, Visit Bend’s VP of Marketing + Communication, as well as a contributing photographer. “The best thing is that all money made from this book will help protect Bend’s wild places.”

Ineffable is offered for $15, with 100% of proceeds going to the Bend Sustainability Fund, a program designed to take care of the places that take care of us by reinvesting in the community of Bend. Books are available for purchase at the Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District, all Backporch and Thump Coffee locations, Outside-In, and the Bend Visitor Center downtown. A complete list of businesses where the book is available can be found at visitbend.com/ineffable.

The new volume of Ineffable includes a dedication to the late Alex Kollar, a Bend photographer and kayaker who died earlier this year. Kollar’s photography has been included in all three volumes of Ineffable, and book sales from the Dec. 8 opening event will go to his memorial fund. 

Bend photographer Lane Pearson was a dear friend of Kollar’s and a contributor to all three volumes of the books. “This is a great way to honor and cherish the memories of Alex, a true adventurer and ambassador of all things great in the Central Oregon outdoors,” Pearson said. “As someone born and raised in Bend, I love how Ineffable captures the spirit of this region. In a world of digital scrolling, it’s meaningful to have a collection of photography in print.”

The book is 84 pages and printed on a special, uncoated stock using a unique printing technique designed to showcase photographic images. 2021 marks the third volume of this popular collection of Central Oregon photos. The first two editions of Ineffable have raised nearly $25,000 to be reinvested through the Bend Sustainability Fund.

For a glimpse at Ineffable, including a sampling of images contained in the book, visit www.visitbend.com/ineffable.

About Visit Bend:

Visit Bend is a non-membership, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to promoting tourism on behalf of the City of Bend. We’re a leading provider of information on Bend, Oregon hotels, restaurants, activities, and Oregon vacation planning. To learn more or to order a complimentary Official Visitor Guide to Bend, contact Visit Bend at 1-800-949-6086 or visit www.visitbend.com.

About the Bend Sustainability Fund:

The Bend Sustainability Fund was created by Visit Bend in 2021 as a way to reinvest room tax revenue into sustainable tourism-related facilities in and around Bend. In its first year, the Bend Sustainability Fund granted $840,000 dollars to Bend organizations ranging from the High Desert Museum to Discover Your Forest. For more information about the Bend Sustainability Fund, visit bendsustainabilityfund.com.

Kenneth Proto

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