“Failure to protect the Delta will result in the loss of historic communities and will stifle local and regional economic growth and sustainability.” There you have it. A brief but powerful statement brought to you by the Delta Counties Coalition that comprises Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Contra Costa, and Yolo counties.
For many years political wrangling over the California Delta’s water has overshadowed what it actually is: Bountiful. Beautiful. Recreational. A wildlife paradise. Food producer for the world. A real place where real people live, work, raise their families and play. Given that disjunction, we think it’s the right time to produce a magazine dedicated to stories and art that celebrate this unique place where tides meet streams. A publication that accentuates the positive, to borrow a line from Johnny Mercer, not only within the legal boundaries of the Delta, but throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area that shares its ecosystem.
When I got the crazy notion of creating a magazine from scratch in a world where journalistic institutions are shrinking – and disappearing – I talked to a few people I know whose seasoned journalistic credentials are myriad and accomplished. Expecting a lot of raised eyebrows and retorts like you’re-gonna-do-what?, the reception to my idea was instead quite the opposite. They enthusiastically offered encouraging words and also agreed to perform their professional magic for our inaugural issue. They all share my sense of curiosity about California’s best–kept secret – the Delta and its nearest neighborhoods – and I can’t thank them enough for hopping on board.
About our name: SOUNDINGS is a noun, meaning “measurement of depth: a probe, test, or sampling of opinion or intention,” according to Merriam-Webster.
In this case, we’re not mapping the depth of our local waterways, but rather, the depth and breadth, rich history and current status of the Greater Bay and Delta Region by listening to the voices of accomplished fiction and nonfiction writers, and looking at the region through the creative eyes of artists and photographers.
Most traditional journalism outlets now devote little, if any space for the types of feature stories we will be exploring in this new digital magazine. We’re launching SOUNDINGS online because we believe in long-form journalism and we don’t want to be hampered by page limits. One more important difference: our stories will not be interrupted by traditional forms of advertising nor those annoying pop-up click bait distractions. Our success will depend on patrons and subscribers.
SOUNDINGS strives to share with you unique stories and art produced by master practitioners in an aesthetically pleasing format we think you’ll enjoy. Welcome to our first issue! This free PREMIER EDITION is an example of the kind of content you can expect to find at www.soundingsmag.net We’ll publish new content monthly. Writers, photographers, and artists in the Greater Bay Area and Delta, this is your invitation to pitch your work our way to be considered for publication.
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Editor, Publisher and Photographer
Rich Turner explored, photographed, and aerial photo-mapped Antarctica as a Navy photographer, was a newspaper photojournalist for 19 years, and has operated his own fine art photography studio since 1990. “Delta Grandeur”, his traveling exhibit, is now touring California museums and libraries. His most recent passion is spreading the word far and wide about what an amazing place the Delta and Greater Bay Area is. With the help of very talented writers, artists and photographers, publishing this magazine seems a good way to do that.
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