Growing up, my family spent a considerable amount of time traveling, camping, and hiking. My grandfather was always taking photos. I remember as a kid spending time in visitor’s centers of various parks looking through all the prints of the park. I wanted a camera of my own so I could take lots of photos like my grandpa and those prints I stared at. For my 9th birthday, I got my very own 35mm point-and-shoot film camera. I developed dozens of rolls of film of all the places my family continued to visit. In high school, I enrolled in every photography class available and, in my senior year, became a photographer for the yearbook. In college, my hobby became stress-relief and I taught myself digital editing techniques. I continued to spend more and more time outside; hiking, backpacking, canoeing, biking, and eventually mountain climbing. Climbing has become almost an obsession. I crave the utter euphoria I receive reaching a summit. I enjoy documenting my fellow mountaineers in these extreme places. I have also become a volunteer with Corvallis Mountain Rescue; working as a team to rig high-angle rope systems, then to evacuate injured climbers and hikers.
My best friend, adventuring partner, and wife has patiently stood (well sat, really) nearby as I made the majority of these photos. She constantly keeps me safe. Even when she’s not around, I can hear her questioning some decisions I’m about to make. Do I really need to hike 10 miles alone in the dark up this steep, exposed trail to get to this amazing vista for sunrise? Probably not. But she’ll do it with me! Because she’s the best!
We have been to many places together across our diverse country. We have seen just how much our country changes from region to region. Not only in the landscape, but the culture and community. These differences help to make our country unique and certainly worth protecting. All of us can be stewards to our nation’s wild places. Whether it’s simply packing out your trash on a hike or maybe writing your senator and congressman to encourage advocating for protection of sensitive areas in question.
Landscape photography has evolved from a hobby into a profession; I also work full-time as an ICU nurse. Being in a wild place, experiencing its fleeting beauty is certainly therapeutic. I strive to document these experiences as accurately as I can with the intent of enabling you to enjoy the same stress-relief. Please let me know what you think of my photographs by leaving a comment or a review. Take your time browsing through my many images; I hope there can be some form of vicariousness as you do.