Passion through Preservation

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“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” -Ansel Adams

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word preserve means: to maintain something in its original state. In today’s fast-paced world, things change instantaneously – including landscapes. My goal throughout my career as a landscape and nature photographer is to share my passion for the beautiful world we live in through photography. Although it is impossible to halt the hands of time, one can preserve still moments of time in an image.

One of the most wonderful aspects of nature photography is that it is a non-destructive pleasure. Of course there is a carbon footprint behind just about everything but the essential elements necessary to take a picture is very clean. Just ten years ago the word ‘green’ became a buzzword and mainstream companies began increasing their awareness and efficiencies to meet the demands of a more environmentally conscious consumer. This trend is great but there is an underlying issue still at hand: population growth. 

Think for just a moment about all of the resources you will use throughout your lifetime; food, fuel, furniture, electricity, school supplies, sporting goods, etc. All of these items will be produced somewhere, shipped, used, and will most likely be discarded to a mass landfill if they are not recycled. Now multiply that times 7.1 billion people (of course we must remember Americans produce upwards of 50x the waste of the average world citizen). That’s a massive amount of “stuff”. It’s very easy to understand that as the world population steadily climbs, there will be less and less space for mother nature.

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Residential Construction in Phoenix, Arizona

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Exponential population growth in the last 50 years.

It goes without saying that as an avid outdoorsman I am concerned for the environment in which we all call home. Over my career I hope to photograph some of the world’s most picturesque landscapes and beautiful animals in hopes of inspiring others who may also view the images. 

I can’t wait to get on the road and it literally consumes my thoughts each day. The plan is to leave Glendora, CA on August 25th and return sometime in late October. The itinerary includes such locations as the Teton Mountain Range, Yellowstone National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park. 

I really can’t express my gratitude enough for the opportunities my parents are providing for me. They have been wonderful parents, mentors, and friends over the last 22 years and I look forward to working closely with them over my career. I know there will be times I’ll need to step away and create space between us, but every career has its challenges. There is no company I would rather work for than the family business; there’s just something about having your name on the door that is completely satisfying. 

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Arches NP 2012Image

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Cold and windy, waiting for sunset.Image

Until next time, thanks for reading. ~ImageryAdventures

 

 

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