I thought the golden ticket to the Tetons was through Idaho this whole time, until I moved to Wyoming. The Snake River keeps you busy.
Diversity. Utah has the most unique and most beautiful tastes of land that I have ever witnessed, from mountain peaks to desert canyons, I have yet to keep seeing the same things in this state. This collections spans from Northern Utah's Wasatch Front to the National Parks in Southern Utah to the Utah-Arizona border.
Italy has been my home since I was age ten; I first began photographing while living in this country and with each returning year during college, my travels allowed me to finally capture parts of the country I had yet to do so for. In 2015, Intimate Italy, a small collection done in the winter with my 50mm, was published to showcase some of the missed characteristics about the country/region that I call home.
The times spent in this country are predominately during the winter seasons with a focus on the German Alps and the ski resort nestled below the Zugspitze as well as the surrounding land in the region. The Zugspitze is the tallest peak in Germany and is used for glacial skiing during the winters; there is a gorge hike that you can take that freezes in the winter; you can visit an old olympic ski jump that's right in town; if you're a Disney fan, you can take a short trip to see the castle that inspired Disney's.
My time in New Zealand was something out of a dream book; spending all of my time in the South Island with the exception of four days, it proved to not be enough time even then. The landscape made your mouth water, the colors had you dazed, and the energy could keep you there forever. Christchurch was in the midst of their rebuild from the major quakes that had rocked the city back to back; there was a memorial of white chairs placed just inside the city limits. For a country that was bleeding with open wounds they still held all the right values and morals.
A short three month stint in the most Pacific Northwest town that is closer to Vancouver, Canada than Seattle: Bellingham, Washington. This small logging town is nestled by the Pacific with very little sunshine during the winter months but plenty of plant life to remind you that the sun must exist. Washington was wet but it was gorgeous, including heavy powder days, caked-on mud, and all the clothes into the dryer post hike.
I captured my first long exposure when I was on a mountain top in New Zealand and stepped outside to see so many stars that I couldn't believe that I was alive in that moment; playing with my settings for over an hour, I had a self-taught lesson once I moved back to Utah before embarking on my first desert trip. Since then, it's been a very subtle obsession; teaching a university class on light painting in Capitol Reef was the peak of achievement for me. I still shoot blurry, out of focus star photos every time I go to shoot, but that's where the enjoyment in the patience that it takes to get what you want comes in.
The by-product of always carrying a camera and having a lifestyle that is met by other adventurous souls.
Adopting a puppy changed my life and consequently what I spend more time shooting nowadays; I like to think that Zuke helped open a new, untapped door for me.