A few minutes into viewing my website for the first time, a long-time acquaintance turned to me and asked, "Do you go to all of these places you photograph?" After a brief, puzzled laugh, I realized what he was really saying was, "Wow, you really do go to all of these beautiful places!" And that is true.
Photography has snowballed into something far more engaging than I ever imagined just a few years ago. I love the excitement of seeing places for the first time, then delving into them as a way to say something new. If there is a beautiful classic shot to be had, I take it. Whether it has been done a thousand times before, it is my experience and my moment. After that, liberation is at hand. I am then free to explore the possibilities for expression. They can be elusive at first and take time and effort to discover. And, upon occasion, someone creates a completely new interpretation. That is called artistry, and much like the holy grail, it is an endless quest. That is my excuse for all of the travel, hiking and camera gear. It's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Right now, I am enjoying all aspects of the process, trying to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can. By experimenting with various styles and subjects, the interplay conjures new ways of approaching each genre. Challenge is a constant, and who would have it any other way? So, I hope you enjoy what I have learned thus far, and we shall see what comes of all this!
For those interested in the technical side, I shoot with a Nikon D750 (D7200 as backup), Rokinon 14mm, Nikon 16-35mm, Nikon 24-70mm, Nikon 80-400mm, Tamron 90mm macro, Induro Stealth tripod legs, RRS BH-55 ball head. I process in Nik and Lightroom.
(Photo by Jack Graham)