My formal education is in the disciplines of philosophy and theology. Those fields of study, coupled with my lifelong obsession with the great outdoors, have devoutly instilled within me the belief that there is no greater art than that which is found in nature. Faith, scientific reason, and vast personal experience have all taught me that there is no greater artist than the Creator, God Almighty, from which all beauty, and the ability to appreciate it, comes forth. All of humanity, without exception, is hard-
We all have a similar reaction when beholding something magnificently beautiful in the natural world: there is a sudden pause and an instant halting of our soul that commands us to treasure what is before us. Our jaw drops, our heart skips a beat, we quickly inhale a breath of fresh air, and our facial muscles relax. Upon witnessing the stunning sight of natural artistry, our pupils dilate in unbridled attraction as we proclaim, “Oh my God! Look at THAT!” It is interesting to note how we naturally speak the name of God at such times, and not in vain! Whether we admit it or not, whether it is conscious or unconscious, I believe that we instinctively know the source of such beauty. How we specifically define that source in such moments, matters not.
Spending time in nature does something very positive, constructive, and healing to us. It is a catalyst for peace and tranquility. As we sit in the predawn darkness and watch the sun come up and the world come alive, something in us comes alive. We experience the hope and glory of a new beginning. And, as the sun sets in the evening and lights the sky on fire, we can’t help but to feel the calming satisfaction of a restful end.
It’s in the wilderness that the lovely tune of songbirds evokes sweetness in our hearts, while an encounter with a dangerous beast or life threatening weather fills us with instant respect. The tenderness of a mother with her young reminds us of the universal power of love. The caressing sound of the ocean waves, the trickling of a mountain stream, and the hypnotic trance of the rain lapses our souls into a state of divine calm. Our troubles and fears are gently washed away and our hearts purified. The fascinating mystery of the stars and the antiquity of the moon summons forth an appreciation of the eternal. Admiring the seemingly simple lives of wildlife brings us comfort and escape, as we wish our hectic lives were only so peaceful.
When we consider the intricate beauty, the stunning engineering, and the mind-
Indeed, we all have a need for nature. It fills a void within us. It teaches and reminds us of things we often forget or overlook. Nature can heal us and cure the chaos of our hyper-
These are the experiences I strive to capture and express by means of my photography. My goal is to reflect the divine art that is all around us in the natural world, which many never have the privilege of witnessing. I hope to share with you a priceless moment in time, an experience that has only come around once, and can never be repeated exactly the same again. I willingly journey far-
In the process of capturing many of my images, I have endured savage weather conditions, such as the subzero temperatures of the Alaskan Arctic. I regularly venture out to areas of extreme, remote wilderness that are only accessible by bush plane. I have been eaten alive by hordes of blood-
My goal as an artist is ultimately to create the most original, highest quality images that I can…images that I have been so humbly blessed to behold and capture, but also images that I have worked very, very hard at producing. The vast majority of my photographs are captured in remote, genuinely unique places that very little of humanity will ever go to or see. Very few of my images are taken at places such as National Parks and other such areas where millions of people have access to. My desire is for you to experience something incredibly wild and incredibly beautiful, to see though my eyes, to feel what I feel, and to proclaim with a spirit of heart-
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