From the Artist…
I believe in the transformative power of nature. As Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walking,
"[I]n Wildness is the preservation of the world. Every tree sends its fibres forth in search of the Wild. The cities import it at any price. Men plow and sail for it. From the forest and wilderness come the tonics and barks which brace mankind...Why do the vast snow plains give us pleasure, the twilight of the bent and half-buried woods?...[The Wild] is there with its beauty, its music, its perfume, its sweetness, to exhilarate and recreate us..."
I have had the opportunity and privilege to spend parts of my life in that Wild to which Thoreau refers. I have both felt firsthand and seen in my companions the power of an unexpected view across a valley from a high trail, of a pastel sunrise on an open plain illuminating an age-old rockfall, and of a thundering waterfall obliterating thoughts of the developed world. I have seen the pleasure in young travelers and in those more experienced; the Wild speaks to us all. And I have observed the cumulative effects of the Wild, as folk from the city and suburb are lightened and enlightened by their time in nature.
Photography has the astounding ability to bring the Wild into our lives when we cannot otherwise travel to or connect with the freedom of nature. My goal in my landscape photography is to touch viewers with the power, the wonder, and the beauty of the natural world. My hope is to give them - through an image hanging on the wall of their house, apartment, or office - an escape into the Wild.
In case I've left some doubt, I truly love the process of finding, recording, and presenting the wonders of the Wild. I hope my work touches you, and brings you even a small bit of the joy I feel in creating it.
-- Chris Sandberg