“Exodus” The vast expanse of space which is the canyonlands of the southwest. These places allow room for some big feelings and emotions, which is why I rely on them.
“Goldeneye” Golden, glowing light deep in one of the many remote slot canyons of the Colorado Plateau. You could spend your entire life trying to visit all of these canyons and you still wouldn't find them all. Oh yeah, and did anyone else love that video game?
“Concourse” Up high admiring soft light in the badlands with some dear friends. This was a great ending to a fun trip with @jimmygekas @sarahmarinophoto @noriegaphotography @roncphoto @davidkingham @michaelbollino @jennifer.renwick.photography @rojaspix @michesperarojas and ma wife @gisellix. (Hope I didn’t forget anyone, whew!)
“Shimmer” A lone cottonwood leaf rests on rippled mud in reflected light. If you can make it out to Kanab next March, I’m going to be giving a classroom style workshop for one day where I’ll cover how to create concise and powerful imagery both with compositional and post processing techniques. This workshop is called “Less Is More” and will follow after the conclusion of the Outsiders Photo Conference. You can read more info and sign up on my website, link in bio.
“Virgin Snow” The towers of the virgin after a light dusting of snow a couple of winters ago.
“Cliff Dweller” A lonely juniper clings to the high, sandstone wall of a canyon. Seeing these trees and plants thrive in spite of impossible odds always inspires me.
“Solace” A slice of light illuminating a butte in a canyon, I always try to be aware of what the light wants me to see. Sometimes it’s more specific than others.
“Creation” Incredible slot canyon formations illuminated in glowing light, in one of the many remote canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Taken with my friend @canyon_foto while we were saying all sorts of four letter words in our awe and amazement.
“Controlled Chaos” The endless, colorful badlands of Death Valley. This is a place I’ve shot so many times and I still manage to find new compositions each time. Before the sun rises, you get that tasty glow and it’s too hard to not try and comp up a lil’ sump’n sump’n.
“Sheltered” Maybe several decades ago, a small juniper seed rolled into this canyon and somehow was able to plant its roots and grow out of the sandstone at the exit of this archway. The odds? Probably 100 million to one.
“Face To Face” A sandstone labyrinth remains after powerful floods cut their way through, millions of years ago, leaving behind a natural masterpiece.
“Out On The Edge” These places where we can be taught our insignificance are becoming more and more scarce, which probably explains why we are becoming more and more narcissistic, believing that the world and the stars revolve around us, everything at our disposal, and less conscious about the harmful effects that our reckless actions have on our environment. The less we can experience space, silence, stillness, and darkness, the less introspective we become; too much noise and commotion around us to realize what we are really doing, sending us down a dark, self destructive spiral. This is why areas like the Colorado Plateau, Death Valley, and the entire Desert Southwest, where we can look off in the distance for hundreds of miles, are becoming more and more sacred. These big skies, these grand views, these vast lands of 'nothingness,' change you.
“Desert Palette” When we hear of our negative effects on the environment, I think we all ask ourselves "what can I do to help?" I believe it all begins with each of us understanding the great, sacredness of our wonderful planet. With feeling an overwhelming gratitude that we are able to live here. I capture these images in hopes to tell you of the preciousness of these places that still preserve space, stillness, silence, and darkness, in a busy, fluorescent, chaotic world. I would love for you to feel how important it is that we leave them be, that we do not try and fill them with more freeways, shopping malls, and sprawling urban jungles. The true value does not lie in what they can be sold for, or what can be taken from beneath the ground, but in leaving them perfectly intact, exactly how they are. I implore you to go out and experience them, respectfully and mindfully; then raise your voice for them however you can.
“Solar Flare” While I love the desert, it is disturbing to know that much of the dry, inhospitable land in America, has been caused by climate change. In 1878, John Wesley Powell determined the 100th meridian as the end of the arid Desert Southwest and the beginning of the lush, damp plains of the East in a more humid climate. Now, in just 30 years (since the first episode of Seinfeld aired on television), that boundary has moved farther east, to the 98th meridian, 140 miles. This now continually expanding, unnatural desert, is much different than the Desert Southwest that has existed since long before the origins of man. It is bringing death and destruction to all living things in its path. Permanently displacing countless life forms, sending them farther and farther away in search of more hospitable land. Environmental changes are now occurring faster than life can adapt.
“Frosted Fins” The morning sun thaws out a snow covered butte in the Southern Utah Desert. You can check out the rest of my new gallery, “Land Of Solace: Part II” on my website. Link in bio.
“Ascension” From darkness to light, deep inside our Mother Earth. Taken while standing waist deep in a muddy pool of decaying wood and who knows what else with my buddy @canyon_foto and some friends. You can only imagine what that smells like. I released a new gallery of images taken in the Desert Southwest. You can read a short story I wrote about them and check them out on my website. Link in bio.
“Apparition” A wonderful, rainy day in Zion national park a couple of years back, watching the storm clear next to my wife. I released a new gallery of images today, “Land Of Solace: Part II.” More desert scenes I’ve been shooting over the last couple of years and finally felt ready to share. You can check it out on my website as well as a short story I wrote about my vision with this new body of work and what it means to me.
"Tools Of The Trade" Vol. 1 Since IG was having issues yesterday I wasn’t able to post this. So now for one more day you can get 20% off on my latest tutorial video, then tomorrow I will be done pimping myself out for a while so I can just go back to focusing on the images. WHEW. In all honesty though this video was one of the better ideas I've had, and I spent months getting it together and dialing it in, making sure I covered all the bases and could offer something I'm proud of that I really feel could help you improve your photography. This tutorial goes in depth on 5 essential post processing techniques, things that I do constantly, and shows how they were applied in 14 different images. The whole point of this is not so you only learn how to do certain techniques, but you understand WHEN and WHY you should use them. The techniques covered are: Light Painting, Web Sharpening, Pano Stitching, Print Preparation, and Color Separation. Use discount code: FLASH20 to get 20% off until tomorrow. Link in bio.