I was born in the land where mountains and Ponderosa pine meet the grand, sweeping prairie of the Great Plains. Raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, I learned to love and treasure the outdoors. While serving in the Navy, I discovered the joy of capturing moments in time, of rendering people and cultures, etching them into the memory of Kodak Techpan 2415 and Tri-X film. This photojournalistic beginning morphed into a love for nature photography when I worked as a canoe guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northern Minnesota.
I consider myself a location photographer. Rather than focusing on any particular aspects of the natural world, I strive to capture the full identity and character of each and every location I photograph. This involves exploring the location through examining its landscapes, wildlife and the small details of nature. I also enjoy meeting and engaging the people in this amazing lands, and their story inevitably becomes part of the story of the place. Whether through the frost crystals in a one-inch square spot on a tree branch or the twenty-mile view across a sea of five-thousand-foot peaks, or the Dena'ina Athabascan elder sorting through a batch of lowbush cranberries, I want to leave with a full appreciation of place.
Behind every image I capture is a passion and love for
photography. I love the feeling of being on location when the first light of
day strikes the landscape. Photographing wild places also allows me to share
with others a wonder and awe of nature they might not otherwise
experience. And while I am out there, I experience the wild world in
ways that also enhance my own perspective.
Capturing a wild moment, whether the fleeting golden light on a mountain in the evening or the brief seconds where an adult Arctic tern feeds its chick, allows me to help create and preserve that moment for the future. So join me as I explore wild places and wild things, whether a city park or a nine-million-acre wilderness, and let the wildness touch you as well.
I have been recognized as the Artist-in-Residence for Badlands National Park, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, and Rocky Mountain National Park. I have also been a recipient of the prestigious Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship award. In 2010, I was privileged to win the "Environmental Issues" category in the Windland Smith Rice International Awards sponsored by Nature's Best Photography magazine. This was the last year that an award was given in this category.
I am lucky to live in Anchorage, Alaska, with my wonderful wife, Michelle, and our many cats.