Photography is a way for me to communicate my deepest feelings about our natural world. To me, nature is more than a random collection of mineral elements and organic growth; it is a story which tells us who we are. Today people flock to the mountains, deserts and oceans to connect with a deep longing and desire that they feel in the presence of untamed nature, a yearning that is hard to put into words, an almost spiritual connection with these wild places. One of the connecting threads behind these feelings is the concept of beauty, yet for many artists beauty is passé. Pablo Picasso was once asked what he thought of beauty. He responded, “To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to.” Unlike Picasso, I believe that beauty holds a message and my photography is an attempt to explore the deep voice of beauty.
My work is characterized by vibrant natural colors which are typically found at sunrise or sunset. Having spent over a decade in post-communist Europe where much was very gray, I returned to the United States with a deep hunger for color and so I’ve made that a key element of my photography. I believe that it gives my images a vibrant and hopeful feel which can speak into our mundane and often pain filled lives.
My primary area of focus is Rocky Mountain National Park
. I’ve spent over 7 years exploring its 415 sq. miles, building the most extensive collection of fine art images of the park. Beyond Rocky, I’m actively building collections in the Desert Southwest
and the United Kingdom
These days I am shooting with the Canon 5D Mark ii and four lenses; a 24-105 F4, a 70-200 F4 a 24 F1.4 and a Nikon 14-24 (with adapter). Previously I used a 4”x5” wooden view camera. I typically display my prints in a plaque format with a UV protective laminate over the print. This avoids the glare of glass and gives the images an almost three-dimensional feel.
At the moment I sell my work primarily through my own gallery in Estes Park
as well as via my website. My work has been on display in many venues and in September of 2010 the new Four Seasons Hotel in Denver opened with 525 of my prints adorning the walls of the guest rooms and suites. I also have a book published by Skyline Press
called “Images of Rocky Mountain National Park”
which can be found at bookstores throughout Colorado.