Where are you from?
I currently live in Oregon,USA, and have spent much of my life traveling through the western states. I am drawn to the extremes here: stunning 13,000 foot peaks, vast river basins, high alpine lakes, and miles of rugged beaches..
Why did you want to become a Photographer?
My uncle, when he passed, left me with all of his high end Leica and Canon equipment. I was in 8th grade at the time. I took my first B&W photography class that year – complete with hours in the darkroom – and I was hooked. In high school and college, I was a guide in the high Sierras, and it became natural for me to want to record on film the beautiful places I was visiting. As I continue to explore the rugged wilderness areas of the west, now with my family in tow, I find that I am drawn to capture images that speak to the real wonder and amazement I feel while out in the backcountry.
Why did you choose this particular shot to be your favorite photograph?
This is a well photographed location, more visited than many places that I shoot, but it is very representative of the unforgettable nature of the high Sierras, with craggy granite summits, waterfalls and tarns, and pockets of life hanging in the balance. I am a “Sierra wanderer” at heart, and have logged thousands of trail and off-trail miles throughout the range, always in constant awe at what I find. This image imparts just a small sense of that awe whenever I look at it.
Anything else you want to add?
I believe that landscape and wilderness photographers have a responsibility to promote the protection and enjoyment of our planet’s most beautiful places. As we become more reliant on the digital world to maintain and complete every aspect of our lives, it is increasingly important that we be able to unplug from this and experience the joy and freedom that only wild lands can provide. Wilderness and landscape photography provides a means for people to temporarily make a connection with the natural world, a connection that is required, I believe, at the very core of our beings. My photographic goal continues to be to provide a window through which we can experience the extraordinary and timeless beauty of our wild places.