May 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Judge: Taryn Rehn
The beauty of the Pacific Northwest is my greatest source of inspiration. The towering mountains, lush forests, crashing waves, and abundant wildlife are constant reminders of the power and majesty of creation. Love for all living things and an adventurous spirit are the primary motivating forces in my work.
Earth is a spectacular place full of regenerative patterns, order, and chaos. I am particularly dedicated to capturing ephemeral glow and atmosphere. I often shoot at sunset
when the light is colorful and directional. My work is both bold and minimalist. I use a variety of traditional and experimental techniques to create these effects, including long exposures, filters, and post-processing.
The goal is to create images that are engaging and thought provoking. To capture the essence of time, place, and spirit. To provide moments of joy and inspiration to explore the outdoors. Photography is a medium for communicating ideas and emotions; a powerful tool for change. I hope that it encourages people to conserve and appreciate the intrinsic value of nature.
My work is not simply about documenting the landscape. It is about creating an adventurous lifestyle and crystalizing memories. The images are inextricably bound to the experiences, process, and journey. I thrive on exploring new places, getting out of my comfort zone, and into the perfection of the present moment. The challenges of being at the right time and place with the correct gear and techniques are character building. It teaches planning, problem solving, patience, courage, humility, confidence, and oftentimes physical and mental endurance. On a recent trip, I completed the grueling five-mile descent in the dark of the new moon. Upon reaching the valley, I paused and turned off my headlamp. I rested in a field of ferns and tuned into the sounds of owl, pika, and river flow. I gazed up at the silhouette of mountains against the starry sky, trees pointing to the heavens, and the Milky Way arching above. I felt an overwhelming sense of peace, harmony, and belonging in the universe.
I believe that everything is interconnected. When we actively engage with nature, we connect with our true self, our community, and our source. We remember who we are and what
is important. We feel gratitude and bliss. We open our hearts to the light that surrounds us (even during dark times). We remember that we are all part of something magnificent.
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