I have some old Hawaii pics in a photo album somewhere in the garage. We did lots of traveling as a family in the 80s and 90s and got to China, Austria, Italy, ... Hawaii a few times. My folks were both Army brats and were good travelers. I had a point and shoot (way before digital was a thing) and probably shot 10 rolls of film during our first Kauai trip. But back then even a couple of OK shots out of 240 was good.
Italy's Dolomite region was put on the travel map by climbers and adventure hikers in the mid-1800s -- and discovered by painters and writers soon after. And though I've been to much of Italy, I didn't know the Italian Alps except through photo web sites. This year, with it's challenges, was when the time was right.
So one evening last August, I took a rental car north starting on the A27 and ended in the resort town of Cortina d'Ampezzo. Cortina's one of the main destination towns in the Dolomites, first achieving fame by hosted the '56 Winter Olympics, a first for Italy. These days it's a major tourist mecca in summer and winter. Cortina would be my home base in the eastern Dolomites for a week, the next week I'd drive 2 hours west to Ortisei in South Tyrol, the other world-famous ski location of the Dolomites.
The landscape of the Faroe Islands is reminiscent of Iceland, volcanic cliffs, northern climate and a mythic quality. So for a landscape photographer, Faroe's iconic locations were an enormous draw. And the best of my Faroe images are now available here.
One of my favorite photo journeys was the one from the northern coast of Oregon, at Cannon Beach, down to Brookings, at Samuel Boardman SP. It's a landscape of cliffs, mirror flat beaches, massive sea stacks and often, solitude. That's one of the best part about the Pacific Northwest, it's casual grandeur. The images that came out of the experience are in the Seascapes portfolio. The journey itself you'll find in this blog post.
I had been at Cars.com doing company portraits, events, car show shots (in addition to my Product Mgr. job) and after 7 years, it was time to cash out. That meant going back to my creative pursuits full-time with landscape art photography.
What I wanted was simple, to travel to cool spots, shoot iconic photo landscapes, do it as a pro and as an art form. Mostly, the dream was about evoking that particular connection we all have with the earth.
Each photograph has its backstory. Shooting Iceland's iconic waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, was easy in one way -- it's a high, elegant fall of water that spreads spray in front of a mossy cave. Visually t's immensely cool. And I've visited the place on all three trips. But on that final trip, I wanted my clients thinking OMG. And Iceland rarely makes things easy.
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