ISLAND VIEW MEDIA gives attention to disturbed environments and commemorates their repair. The Pacific Coast Channel Islands themselves, the site's namesake, are such places.
This website often displays photos of blight and ongoing restoration as well as shots of glorious nature. It posts original essays and photojournalism that attempt to appreciate the actual environment we have in various states of disrepair and recovery. It offers such imagery both to remind us of our intrusions and promote a new form of beauty--the beauty of our imperfect but heroic healing of the planet.
Place your cursor on the bottom of slide show photos for titles.
Bob Chianese originates the materials on this site and maintains it.
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Select BOOKS for my poetry that sings praises of these places. Select PHOTOGRAPHY for my photos of these special places.
Select each photograph for a pop up comment about each one.
Select SERVICES for professional writing help and projects I offer--editing and writing poems for you.
Select the BLOG for my essays on a variety of eco-art sites Paula and I have visited over the years and the published articles about them.
Select GALLERY for a collection of photographs.
Select CONTACTS for emailing me and for links to related sites.
Bio for Robert Louis Chianese
He has a B. A. from Rutgers (1964), and a M. A. and Ph. D. from Washington University, St. Louis, (1971).
Chianese, an Emeritus Professor at California State University, Northridge, taught in the English Department for forty years (1969-2008). He developed numerous interdisciplinary courses, linking literature and the humanities with areas such as history, art, sociology, psychology, ecology, religious studies, and philosophy. He was a founding faculty of what would become California State University Channel Islands.
Chianese has won four Fulbright scholar and senior specialist grants, to Bulgaria and China, teaching environmental literature, and is a Fulbright reviewer. He won the Mitchell prize for Sustainable Strategies for the Future in 1979. He has developed student assessment materials through a Rand Corporation project.
Over the last fifteen years he has organized symposia linking literature and the arts with science at the annual meetings of the hundred-year-old American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division. He is the only non-scientist President of this organization. He co-curated an exhibition of “Art Inspired by Science” in 2010, and in 2012 the AAAS-PD published his book on the works in the exhibit, Art Inspired by Science.
He is currently a columnist for the American Scientist magazine.
Chianese has published scholarly articles, advocacy essays, and numerous poems, which he often illustrates. He publishes book-length collections of his poetry often with original photographs and the work of local artists.
Originally from Trenton, New Jersey, Chianese (b. 1942) lives in Ventura, California with Paula, his partner for 50 years; they have two children and four grandchildren. He is an active volunteer in enviromental and arts organizations.
Photo by Paula Chianese