I’m Chris Sandberg, a professional landscape photographer and photo educator based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My undergraduate degree is in Theatre Arts, and I see my role today as a storyteller, telling viewers about the power, the wonder, and the beauty of the natural world.
Since college, I have had the opportunity and privilege to spend parts of my life in the outdoors, and 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; nature speaks to us all.
As a result of those life experiences, I believe in the transformative power of nature that Henry David Thoreau described 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...”
The goal in my photography is to give others an escape into the Wild. My work aims to capture both the literal truth of the natural world and the emotional impact of that world. 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, and I strive to add that dimension to my viewers’ lives.
My tools are the light in the Wild where I shoot, and the electronic gadgets that capture and process what I see there.
The other part of my art is teaching: helping others realize their visions in the field and at the computer through camera and software education. I have worked with adult learners for the last 20 years, and I lead group workshops and provide individual instruction to photographers seeking to expand their artistic vision and technical mastery of the craft of photography.
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