Pittsburgh-based photographer Tom Persinger's latest photographic project "Encountering Space: The Fire Lookouts of Montana" took him into the backcountry of the rugged Rocky Mountains. Working miles away from the nearest road, carrying all of his photographic gear as well as overnight supplies, he made photographs of the people who staff fire lookout towers, and the majestic scenery in which they're isolated for days at a time.
The 'Best of the Best' does not always mean expensive. But then again, sometimes it does. While compiling the 2008 'Best of the Best' photo gift wish list, we had to keep the dizzying realities of the day's financial headlines in mind. And to the ancient wise man who said, "May you live in interesting times", all we can say is "Thanks… wish you were here."