“From the first time I saw a Galen Rowell image I knew the type of photography I wanted to do.”
I was walking by an office one day and saw the late Galen Rowell’s incredible image of Yosemite’s El Cap in Fog on a poster. It left such an impression on me that it launched my long-standing interest in photography into high gear. The thought of finding a lo9cation and capturing a large landscape with sweeping panoramic vistas using my camera brought out the adventurer in my soul. It began with trips into the mountains of Colorado, the woods of Arkansas and then the open prairies of Oklahoma – my home state. Then, after an unexpected opportunity to study with Galen arose, I jumped at the chance and spent time high in the mountains of Colorado trading camera shots with the master of adventure photography whose work set me on my path. In learning by doing and watching – and sharing my photographic vision with my mentor I came to learn this about photography:
Photography is about adventure: It is about going somewhere you have never been before or taking a road which you don’t know where it goes just to see what is down the road.
Photography is like a time capsule: From an image you can see what a place was like at another moment in time – and experience it again.
Photography is a revelation: By looking back at the images you have taken you are reminded of what is important to you.
Photography is expanding: In traveling to new places to photograph you meet new people, experience new places, eat at new places and stay in new locales which opens your mind to new possibilities.