Sunday, January 21, 2018

Place


I started this series on a cold, drizzly, autumn morning back in 2014, while out hiking with a friend at Silver Falls State Park. The last of the leaves had fallen and were caught amongst a carpet of salmonberry brambles on the banks of Silver Creek. In the middle was a lone tree, framed on either side by moss-covered Oregon maple. The scene really pulled at me. I returned many times over the next several years, observing its winter moods and nuances of green between spring and summer. It was a fun project, one that kept me anchored on a personal level and as an artist. Change and letting go, nature makes it look so beautiful and easy.

I'm currently working on some new locations for this series, but it's a long and slow process...stay tuned.

Images are sold as standalone prints for more display flexibility.

Giving Thanks I
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Giving Thanks II
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Giving Thanks III
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Giving Thanks IV
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

In the Flow

Since becoming a dad, my eye for what it means to tell a story, catch a moment of light or immerse myself in nature has changed. Now, I see that what what I found out in the wilds of nature can also be seen in the raw relationship with my family. It's all a dance of light that's fleeting. Catching intimate moments of growth, love, self expression in my boys is, in its essence, the same movements of a quiet sunrise or moonlight dancing on water. My photography no longer stops after a trip out into the wilds; I no longer hang up my gear. I now see there is a continuous flow that sustains and nourishes it all. Here's to Family and Nature.

'Moon River'
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'Levitate'
'Pancakes'
'Rain Day'


While my subject matter and artistic process has shifted over the past few years, what hasn't changed is my desire to photograph the things that move and inspire me the most. 

Thanks for following along and viewing my work. 

As always, prints  and licensing available.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Moon Magic

The other night I headed up to Silver Falls State Park during the full moon to attempt a shot I'd been visualizing for a few years, but came back with a completely different kind of shot. This is one of the reasons I love photography so much. Even with many years of careful observation through the seasons, nature always has something up her sleeve. Low clouds began rolling down the river canyon, mixing with mist and fusing with the rays of the rising moon. I watched this event unfold for over an hour and eventually settled on this vertical composition of a large alder rising above the river. A few stars remain visible through the thin veil of clouds. When fleeting and unpredictable light such as this occurs and I'm in a position to photograph it, it reinforces and reminds me what first drew me to photography.  Even in an often photographed location such as Silver Falls State Park, there are still unique shots to be had! I hope you enjoy this image as much as I do. Prints available here
'Moon Magic' 

Nikon D800E, Nikkor 180/2.8, F6.3, 1 sec, ISO 800

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Storytelling and the Creative Process

This past summer we went on a short family trip to Oceanside, a quaint town along a beautiful stretch of Oregon coastline. It's always been a favorite destination for us. I made a few images one morning while we were out walking the beach. It was overcast, the air was saturated with the fragrance of the sea and the seagulls were calling - it was a classic morning on the Oregon coast, shared with my two loves. I casually made a few pictures as we strolled along the tide line hunting for agates and shells.

Upon returning home and going through my images, I thought it would be fun to sequence certain photos and present them as a short story. Lately I've been enjoying the idea of using multiple photos that share a common theme and presenting them together. It's a been a good practice in staying sharp creatively. In this case, any one of these images works well by itself, but my goal here was for the images to support each other in a way that flows and feels consistent. 


'Hunting for Agates'

'Look There'

'Look at Her Glow'

My creative process as a landscape photographer tends to follow a certain formula. While this has led to some success, it isn't all that conducive to growing, changing, evolving and, ultimately, taking ones photography to the next level. Consistency is good to a point, but when ones mind gets locked onto a certain kind of photograph all the time, opportunities are missed. For myself, I'm finding that exploring situations such as this brings my style of landscape photography full circle and ultimately infuses fresh ideas into my work. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tapto Lakes


A good friend and I recently got back from an excellent, albeit rainy 4-day backpacking into the Whatcom Pass-Tapto Lakes area of North Cascades National Park. I was first inspired to visit this particular spot after seeing photos some years ago by, Marc Adamus, one of my all time favorite photographers.

The two most common routes into this remote area of the North Cascades are via Hannegan Pass and Little Beaver Valley. Our time was limited so we opted for the shorter and easier hike up Little Beaver. To get to the trailhead we hired a water taxi from Ross Lake Resort which took us 7 or so miles up Ross Lake to the lakeside trailhead. From here it was 17 miles to Whatcom Pass and another mile with some decent elevation gain to Tapto Lakes. I'd heard the last section of trail from the Little Beaver trail-Big Beaver trail junction to the pass was brushy and overgrown. I guess we lucked out as the trail crew had been working in this area recently and did an awesome job clearing the way. I was really grateful because the climb up to the Whatcom Pass was hard enough as it was.

Our second night was spent at Tapto Lakes. We arrived just as the weather was turning. Fortunately we had ample time to hike around and explore a little bit before the rains came.

I made this 3-photo series showing the area in the evening, night and morning. Neither one has anything too dramatic going on but I did like the quiet beauty of the sequence when viewed together.

'The Calm I' 
'The Calm II' 
'The Calm III'

The weather went downhill pretty quickly the following morning so we decided to abandon our plan of staying two nights at the lakes and head back down into the shelter of the forest along the Little Beaver Trail.

'Rained Out'
My buddy, Nate, sporting his old school A-frame tarp. Thankfully he stayed 'dry enough' and didn't have to crawl in with me. Neither one of us wanted that...

It was a beautiful descent back down into Little Beaver Canyon. It felt nice to get out of the cold wind and rain. The gray, misty conditions provided the perfect light for viewing the emerging fall color from above. What a beautiful canyon!

'Little Beaver'
The 100mm lens I used to make this image was accidentally left at this off trail viewpoint. Poor me...fortunately it was inexpensive. It'd been a lightweight workhorse for me for a decade... 
Our last night was spent along the Big Beaver Trail. I thoroughly enjoyed going back this way instead of following the same trail back. It also saved us some money on the return water taxi. Some of the giant cedar groves along this section were the highlight of the trip for me. They're pretty magical.

'Happy Place'