- Ansel Adams
I found this quote floating around my musing mind for a good part of this past year. As I went about 2015 shooting and collaborating, Ansel's words reminded me of the humbling art of photography.
Some wonderful opportunities led me to travel and work in Utah for a length of time, as well as California, and the East Coast. I felt inspired daily, particularly when I was working in Utah, yet while I was having the time of my life exploring, I also started to notice a certain nagging, a pressure with the advent of social media, to produce the "perfect shot" every single day. I started to question whether I was creating the work through my own instinct or for Instagram. At these moments, I would remind myself of the quote above and let it bring me back to the present, because in truth, while there are many photos I love from my travels and collaborations this year, there are a handful of images and moments that seared into my mind as significant:
To hike to a spot as stunning as this and realize the beauty of a trail, both nature and man have made harmoniously, is a treat. This image is a "return ticket" to a quiet and perfect moment on on the trail.
Mosie + Annie
I have never been more moved than by witnessing the relationship of Mosie and Annie. It feels as if I am entering sacred territory when I walk out with the horses and Mosie. I am humbled, yet open to the energy of the animals.
This image so clearly captures the honest sincerity of how Annie and Mosie are together. It is simple. The yellowed flowers encase the two making it a clean, focused image with a late sun providing an ethereal glow.
Mosie Trewhitt Liberty Horsemanship
A Year of Love
Capturing other's love stories is an honor and delight. I love this woodland image of Jenna + Reed, getting lost in the magic of the trees with not a care or worry in the world.
Late summer sun descends behind a poignant American symbol of liberty, as a helicopter flies overhead. I find this shot dramatic and unnerving. It feels post-apocalyptic, a world beyond what we know and see now.
|Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world - John Muir|
The serenity of this shot is everything to me.
Happy New Year Friends!!!