I feel very lucky to have lived in the Bozeman area since 1990. Honestly, I really canít imagine living anywhere else. My love for this area, and the Bridger Mountains in particular, began the first time I drove up the canyon to ski at Bridger Bowl in December 1989. There is just something special about those mountains. In the years that have followed, Iíve spent countless hours in the Bridgers; either skiing, hiking, biking or shooting photos.
I grew up in the Black Hills, near Rapid City, SD. Most of my free time as a kid was spent in the outdoors. In the winter, we would go skiing at Terry Peak every weekend and take annual family ski trips out west. The summers were filled with all sorts of adventures, from dirt biking to water skiing and camping. After graduating from Stevens High School, the Rocky Mountains were calling me. I decided to attend MSU and major in business with an emphasis on skiing. Thatís where the love affair with Montana and the Bridgers began.
During the past few years, I have focused much of my attention to a project of capturing panorama images of the mountains around Bozeman at various times and places. My goal has been to create a series of photographs that speak to the people who spend time here and love this area and itsí visual splendor, as I do. I believe the panoramic style captures a feeling not typically possible with standard photography, and I make a conscious effort to create photos that are accurate depictions of the times and places that I photograph. The dramatic colors that are seen at special times on the right day are what I search for, it has actually become a bit of an addiction. I spend hours and hours scouring the valley for the next great spot and often go back to my favorite spots several times before getting lucky enough to be there when the light is extraordinary. The results have proven to be very rewarding.
I hope you see something you like or something that inspires you to get out and go on your own adventure.
Update: November 2008 Again, much has happened since the last update. Alicia and I were officially married in July. Mikey is now two years old and more fun than ever. I spent most of the summer helping remodel the basement of Montana Trails Gallery into a great new gallery space where I now show my work. And I have moved my workshop, again!
The New space at Montana Trails. If you'd like to meet me there to discuss options give me a call
in advance, or feel free to check it out anytime.
Update: March 2008 We've had a busy year and a half since the last time I updated my site in Oct. 2006, time flies! Mikey is now walking and trying to talk all the time, he certainly keeps us busy. We took him skiing at Bridger for the first time today! He loved it.
The photo business also continues to evolve. I have a new line of ski posters out this season which have been popular with locals and tourists alike, the posters can be purchased through me directly or in the Ski Shop at Bridger and at PhD Skis in Bozeman. I also have several new panorama prints I have released this year including some new Lone Peak, Moonlight Basin and Yellowstone Club images.
I moved my workshop into a new studio space in Kelly Canyon which has really helped me improve my frame building abilities. I had my first booth at the Sweet Pea Festival in August and enjoyed meeting tons of people who were admiring my work. It was a very rewarding experience.
Panorama show at Montana Trails Gallery.
At the Gravity Lounge with one of my canvas prints.
Alicia and I on the ridge at Bridger Bowl 2005.
It's October 2006 as I write this update... Alicia and I have recently had our first child, Michael. He hatched during HATCH Fest here in Bozeman. Ironically, he came on the same night that of one of my biggest photo accomplishments was being celebrated at the Gravity Lounge. It was a collaborative show for HATCH including myself and several other local action-sports photographers. What a crazy week!
Mike at home 1 week old.