by Benjamin Walls
Foreword by Dolly Parton
Twelve years of experience, three hundred thousand exposures, and a million miles of travel have gone into the making of Beyond. Walls’ work ethic, his focus, and his singular artistic vision have helped him become not only a cultural and artistic ambassador for our region, but also an effective advocate for the preservation of our natural heritage, both local and global. It all began when, in high school, Walls took a hike through The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That trip changed the trajectory of his life. Stunned by the exquisiteness of all that he saw, from the mountain views to the lushness of flora and fauna, Walls knew that he had to learn to translate these moments, this sense of wildness, for other people. Walls’ native region gives him inspiration and still feeds his creativity. It was—and still is—at the center of his passion for invoking wonder at our natural heritage. Beyond chronicles the career of this young but accomplished artist, who produces images that consistently push beyond boundaries, limitations, and expectations.