Mt Hood Wilderness, Fine Art Photograph
A sense of place in a piece of art
Mt Hood Wilderness. I’ve always felt a deep attraction to beautiful places. Even as a child, I recall being enthralled by scenery. I chose my undergraduate college, in part because it has a gorgeous campus that resonated with me during my campus visit, GO KENYON COLLEGE OWLS! The synergy of remarkable collegiate gothic architecture, elegant old growth deciduous trees and lush green spaces set the stage for four years of learning, exploring and building friendships.
With my fine art landscape photography, I always hope to capture a sense of place that resonates with me. Recognizing what elements give a location its, “identity” is a big part of my compositional process. The location captured in this new fine art photograph of Oregon’s amazing Mt Hood has a special energy about it. High on the shoulders of Mt Hood, this heavenly, wildflower filled meadow is alive with the burbling of brooks and the buzz of countless bumblebees. Mt Hood rightfully dominates the scene but other elements cooperate to complete this magical image. The gentle curvature of the flower-laden stream guides the eye, elegantly guiding the viewer upward, through the meadow and toward the hovering Mt Hood. Another component which adds to the persona of this place is the rocks. Good Rocks! Scraped and distributed by thousands of years of glacial activity, these solid rocks add interesting texture to the composition. Not to be outdone, the wonderful Mountain Hemlocks in the mid-ground add even more texture and deftly compliment the magical stream as well as majestic Mt Hood. In addition to triangulating critical elements, timing was and is always critical to my landscape photography. I was fortunate to find the Pink and yellow monkeyflowers that line the stream at peak bloom. I spent two nights in this meadow, hoping to capture this remarkable place at its best. On my first evening, my nemesis, the Wind, was relentless. Additionally, there was a bit of smoke in the sky which detracted from this special place. On my second evening, the air was blissfully still, the sky was smoke-free and I captured this wonderful new fine art photograph which I believe, elegantly represents this special place.