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Photography That Truly Inspires Me…

I often say that I love photography, or that photography is the most important “thing” in my life. (Implying of course that God, and people, don’t fall into the category of “things”…)

Really though, when I think deeply, it’s the subject matter I love. Meaning- if you told me right now that for some strange reason cameras and mother nature were no longer compatible, I would put away my camera without hesitation. I would thoroughly enjoy the beautiful great outdoors, even if I was only allowed to make memories…

Fortunately, it doesn’t work that way! In fact I believe that without photography over the past few decades, many aspects of the natural world would already be erased by the machines of human industry.

So, the thing that drives me has little to do with how fun it is to operate a camera, and even less to do with using a camera to put bread on the table. It has everything to do with the locations, the subjects, and the light, that cause me to get out my camera.

The following is simply a random collection of my current inspiration and enjoyment. Just a little “light browsing” for your holiday weekend!

The “classically trained”, large-format film photographers:

Rodney Lough Jr –

Peter Lik –

The go-light, high-adventure photographers:

Stephen Alvarez –

Jimmy Chin –

Matt & Agnes Hage –

…And of course, the late Galen Rowell. –

Next weekend I will be in Lake Tahoe to photograph a wedding; and the following weekend I will lead a Natural Light Portraiture workshop in Thousand Oaks, CA. (A few seats left for new attendees, one or two seats left for re-attendees!) …I know I promised a “best of 2010 weddings” blog post, but that will come NEXT, honest!

Take care,

(Joshua Tree, 2011)

(Seville, Spain, 2008)

(Yosemite, 2007)

(British Columbia, 2005)


by Matthew Saville

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January 17, 2011 - 5:10 PM Lorrie Prothero - awesome photos matt - the stars rotating in the sky and that awesome light on that single rock! also on the last photo, i swear, there's an ewok or two, very Endor looking.

February 16, 2011 - 9:58 AM Alex - Such a beautiful post, both the words written and the photos featured. I often wonder about my love and passion for photography. Why does it mean so much to me? I think it's the process of being able to capture and hold onto a moment in time in an artistic way, the people I love, the places I visit etc... Gorgeous images, I love the second one. I'm off to check out those links :) Thanks for sharing!

February 16, 2011 - 3:56 PM Suzanne Thompson - Such great photos. Love the first one with the stars. The light on the rock makes it look like a huge jeweled rock.

May 17, 2011 - 1:30 AM Christian Ward - I love these landscape shots. I wondered if you could tell me whereabouts in BC that last shot is? Stunning work.

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