When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence – Ansel Adams
I’m fortunate to live in a world of seasons. Being an outdoor photographer, much of my work and life revolves around the seasons. Park City, UT, showcases the seasons beautifully and without fail, each one arrives in time. The snow will melt, the flowers will bloom, the leaves will turn and the snow will fall. There is no set time that each season has to ready by and Mother Nature is the queen of bending the right time.
This year in Park City has been no exception. It has snowed every month except July, fall colors appeared in vivid blood red in August, October was warm and beautiful and like the flip of a switch, November has turned to winter. Below zero temperatures (F) and the first major snowstorm of the year knocking on the door has been the case the past week in Utah. Much of the country is locked in cold weather and buried in deep snow. Here in Utah, that sounds like a dream:) Winter is the singular reason many people have heard of, and moved to, Utah.
Winter can be challenging as an outdoor photographer for obvious reasons. The flip-side to this is there are unique photographic opportunities that are only possible during these “challenging” conditions. Frozen air, lower sun angles, smooth landscapes and active weather are a few reasons I love photographing the winter. Until recently, I’ve not photographed much during the winter. I was busy skiing! Now, I have a renewed vision and want to be out capturing the beauty of winter as much as possible. These images were made on a morning last week when the temperature was -3F and I began hiking at 5:30 a.m. in the dark. Cold? Yes. Worth it? You decide, I know my answer:)
Thanks for following along and I promise to be more active here!
I have much to say and share but am having a block where I should start! I’ll start with this morning’s view over Park City, UT. Winter has returned to my little town in the Wasatch mountains. I couldn’t be happier:)
Art is not to be found by touring to Egypt, China, or Peru; if you cannot find it at your own door, you will never find it. – Emerson
This is a topic that has been on my mind for some time. Photography is flooded with images from far away places and many think that you need to visit distant and exotic lands to create images. Well, until you do go to those places, don’t pass up the opportunity to photograph and observe the beauty that is so close to home. I guarantee that if you look around your house, there are beautiful scenes to capture. This is true no matter where you live, whether in a city or a cabin in the woods or on the beach.
I’ll be pursuing this project further over the coming months and I made one image this morning that was 2 steps from my front door. It rained this morning and patches of blue sky were breaking through. The wind has blown many leaves off the aspens and this one caught my eye. I’ll write another post with several images together as I find them:)
I’ve recently learned that a photographer who’s inspired me for many years has decided to turn away from from photography, possibly for good. He’s always been one to photograph remote locations, in the bitter cold, in the dark and alone. He wasn’t shooting to become popular or get “likes” and this showed in his images. No crazy lines in his compositions, just an overall peacefulness.
His style has influenced me more than any other photographer over the years as I’ve found my passion for photography. All the early mornings of just a camera, coffee and pitch black have been inspired by him. I would’ve still gone but it was a bit easier knowing there was someone out there doing something similar to get a picture. I’ve gained confidence to not be afraid to be different with your photography. This is extremely difficult, as anything creative should be, to no fall into the trap of photographing WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WANT TO SEE. Is this really why you are a photographer? Not me. I’ve always wanted to share with others what I see, not what they want to see.
I’m honestly hurt that I won’t be able to see his images on a regular basis. As much as it is important to photograph what YOU want and to do it YOUR way, it’s nothing if it isn’t shared with the world. If Mozart only played piano in the middle of the forest with nobody to ever hear him, would he be a musical genius? NO. The part of art that I think speaks as loud as the work itself is sharing it with others. It’s not art if others never see it.
I fully respect his decision to pursue a different journey, one that intrigues, challenges and inspires. I truly wish him all the best and a sincere thank you for all he’s inspired with me over the years.
Earlier this week I spent 3 days backpacking in the Uinta Mountains of northeast Utah. Rain was the dominant weather feature and luckily it cleared out on the final day. This image is of columbine wildflowers at 11,000 ft among a rock garden. The sun was on the verge of shining through the lifting clouds and the air was dead calm. The trip was so refreshing with the rain, solitude and exploring new landscapes. I’m working on several images for the next post which I’ll share soon.
Have a great weekend and get out there to enjoy the last bit of summer:) EE