Yesterday I was interviewed on Seek Outside’s podcast; you can listen to it above, or look it up in your favorite podcast app. Based here locally on the western slope of Colorado, Seek Outside is an outdoor gear company who builds the best backpacks on the market (in my opinion) as well as a complete line of tents and titanium tent stoves. For the last couple of years I’ve been a Seek Outside ambassador and have done extensive prototype testing to help refine their Exposure and Flight series of backpacks.
On the podcast we discussed a variety of topics including my backpacking photography strategies, scouting and planning trips, backpacking and camera gear I use, how I got started in my photography business, my favorite mountain ranges, photo location sharing, and my thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is currently affecting our outdoor adventures (or lack thereof). I hope you enjoy the talk and if you use a podcast app like Overcast you might want to speed it up to 1.5x speed so that I don’t sound like such a stoner, haha!
I was happy that Matt invited me to participate on his podcast, since it’s one of my favorite podcasts that I listen to regularly. The podcast is devoted to landscape and nature photography, and I love the casual interview format of each episode. I’ve been binge listing in recent months; there’s almost 3 dozen episodes up already featuring a wide variety of talented and insightful photographers. (Matt himself is a very talented and insightful photographer too!) Many of his guests are very well spoken; me – not so much! But I hope you enjoy it anyways.
I am honored that our Colorado Senator Michael Bennet now has a photo of mine hanging in his office in Washington, DC! He chose my image “Sneffels Range Autumn”, from the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, for a 40″ x 50″ acrylic face mount print to showcase some of the natural beauty we are fortunate to enjoy in our state. Thank you Senator Bennet and also to his assistant Kristin Mollet who was a pleasure to work with!
Since March 2016, photographer and photography teacher Ken Koskela has been publishing Inspirational Photography, a monthly magazine full of inspiring photos and informative photography articles and tips. I am honored to have been featured and interviewed in the April 2017 issue. Check it out!
I occasionally license my photography for various uses, normally involving magazine or calendar print publications. But I thought I’d share with you one of the more unusual recent uses of my photos! Cellist Antonio Lysy recently featured a photo of mine from the fjords of Norway as a backdrop projection during his solo performance of the Bach Cello Suites at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. I’m honored that my photo was able to grace the stage behind such an accomplished musician!
David Johnston runs a great photography podcast called the Photography Roundtable where he discusses photography related topics with a variety of different photographers. David recently interviewed me via Skype and we discussed various topics including my background in photography, favorite places to shoot, processing techniques, gear and printing preferences, and more. Check it out here!
I was pleased today to receive a package of calendars compliments of Weingarten, a major German calendar publishing company. They have published a 2016 calendar in Europe featuring 12 of my photos alongside inspirational quotes by the famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner.
Maybe someday in the not-too-distant future I will even be able to read those quotes on my own without my wife’s translation help! But they sound nice, and I’m stoked that my photos were chosen to accompany the words of such a legendary mountain man. The printing quality of the large-format calendar is impressive, with an elegant design and an attractive glossy finish over the photos. Danke schön, Weingarten!
Photography Life, a popular Colorado-based photography website, just published a guest blog post by yours truly, titled “Originality in the Grand Landscape”. In the article I attempt to explain how creativity with grand scenic photography goes beyond just framing and taking the photos; it involves the entire process including researching unique locations, coming up with original ideas to shoot, and the adventures to get to the right place at the right time. To date this is my most comprehensive attempt to illustrate my own photographic strategies, motivations, and tips, and I hope that it will provide inspiration for aspiring landscape photographers.