I’ve been an outdoorsman for most of my life, always looking for a new adventure in a new place. Driven by a deep need to be outside and to explore wild places, I have always put more emphasis on where these adventures took place than on the adventure itself. The mountains have always been a place of comfort for me, they soothe my soul. There is nowhere that feels more like home than siting under a pine tree or at the top of a mountain pass. I am truly at peace in the mountains.
For years I traveled through the mountains of the west with my trusty Canon 35mm around my neck, capturing images that would later help tell the story of my adventures and help me relive the feelings I felt while on those adventures.
Upon my return I would host slide show parties for all my friends who were on those trips and those that would like to see the places we had gone. Occasionally I would revisit my slides to try and regain the feelings I felt while in those places.
Those days I never gave much thought to using my photographs as art. At some point, I don’t recall why, I put the camera down.
During my photographic down time, I learned to appreciate more than just mountainous areas. I found beauty in the deserts, coastal areas and the grasslands of the West. I have also learned to love man’s interaction with nature and the beauty that it creates. Years passed and in 2004 I returned to photography, this time with a renewed interest. I set out to photograph specifically for art.
Why art? For me, seeing the beauty that lies in these images on my walls every day brings me back to the calm soothing place in my soul that I felt while I was there in person.
I now primarily use a large format 4×5 camera. Although large format cameras are big, heavy and bulky, I find that there are several benefits in using one. First, it uses a large piece of film; with such a large piece of film one may achieve amazing clarity and color saturation, both of which are important when making large prints. Secondly, it forces me to slow down and smell the roses, so to speak. There is no automation or zoom lenses for such a camera. Searching for just the right location to shoot from and fine focal adjustments both lead to a slow pace. This slow pace helps me feel more connected to nature, and at peace.
I am happy to share with you some of the beautiful places that I have found and I hope that in viewing my photographs they inspire you to go to these places and to find your own understanding of nature’s beauty.