Seeing Silence with Pete McBride – SOLD OUT

Seeing Silence: The Beauty of the World’s Most Quiet Places

Sunday, December 19, 6:00 – 7:00 PM  | Wheeler Opera House

Doors open at 5:30pm

Ticket price: $12 per person

Read Aspen Journalism’s article about Pete McBride here.

Join us to hear Pete McBride speak about his newest book, Seeing Silence: The Beauty of the World’s Most Quiet Places. In a world ever more congested and polluted with both toxins and noise, award-winning photographer Pete McBride takes readers on a once-in-a-lifetime escape to find places of peace and quiet—a pole-to-pole, continent-by-continent quest for the soul.
We tend to think of silence as the absence of sound, but it is actually the void where we can hear the sublime notes of nature. McBride reveals the wonders of these hushed places in spectacular imagery—from the thin-air flanks of Mount Everest to the depths of the Grand Canyon, from the high-altitude vistas of the Atacama to the African savannah, and from the Antarctic Peninsula to the flowing waters of the Ganges and Nile.

These places remind us of the magic of being “truly away” and how such places are vanishing. Often showing beauty from vantages where no other photographer has ever stood, this is a seven-continent visual tour of global quietude—and the power in nature’s own sounds—that will both inspire and calm. See select images from the book and hear the stories behind them. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Explore Booksellers, and a book signing will take place at the end of the event. 

About Pete McBride

Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent two decades studying the world with a camera. A self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer, and public speaker, he is a Sony Artisan of Imagery and has traveled on assignment to over 75 countries for organizations like the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Google, and The Nature Conservancy. He has also spoken on stages for TEDx, The World Economic Forum, USAID, Nat Geo Live and more. McBride’s book “Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim,” won a National Outdoor Book Award, and his feature-length documentary Into the Grand Canyon for National Geographic Channel earned an Emmy nomination and won Best Feature at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, among others. Learn more about Pete McBride.

Wheeler Opera House COVID Protocols

All patrons attending an event at the Wheeler will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours, and masks will be required for all attendees over the age of 2. Patrons attending any event at the Wheeler Opera House, on or after Friday, October 15, will need to provide either a legible vaccination card (digital images and photocopies will be accepted), or proof of a negative COVID test administered within the past 72 hours. Photo ID will also be required for verification. All information will be checked by Colorado Protective Services staff and no information will be stored or copied to ensure privacy rights are protected.


Thank you to Aspen Journalism and the Grand Canyon Trust for sponsoring this event:

Aspen Journalism

Aspen Journalism is a local, nonprofit news organization with a mission to produce in-depth investigative journalism for the benefit of all with a stake in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. To read AJ’s coverage of water, the environment and more, visit


Grand Canyon Trust

Safeguarding the wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau, while supporting the rights of its Native peoples.

Seeing Silence with Pete McBride – SOLD OUT


$12 per person

Tickets - SOLD OUT
December 19, 2021 from 6–7pm


Aspen Area