I can easily say that the Inland Northwest is one of the most beautiful areas in all of America. With that being said, almost everyone that lives in the area takes it for granted and doesn’t really appreciate our surroundings. We have been blessed with one of the most incredible landscapes in our country and so much of it is untouched. Dimitri Christo and I left early this last saturday morning and hiked into the woods that are far around Coeur d’Alene lake just to explore some nature. It is about that time of year where North Idaho starts to get snow, so it was freezing out but gave us a different perspective on our great out doors. We hiked around a few different bays, a swampy area, trekked up a hill and far into the woods only to find miles and miles of uninhabited land. The only forms of life that probably had been in that area were elk, bear, wolfs and other wild life.
One of the main reasons why Dimitri and I ventured out into the wilderness that morning is to shoot some portraits. It has been a while since I have shot anything worth posting so I really wanted to go shoot some photos out in the woods and get a nice breath of fresh air.
Last saturday morning was probably one of the best mornings that I have had in a long time, thanks D.
Here are some portraits:
Plain and simple.
Also I have been shooting some random stuff this fall. I haven’t really been on task force which is a change for me, but maybe it has been good. I usually go out to shoot for a purpose and one reason. But this last season has been pretty bland in my photography so I have a lot of random, uncategorized photographs. Some are so uncategorized that I have a hard time deciding where to save them. I have shot a few portraits, landscapes, skate stuff, but nothing just with a purpose. Most of my photography comes out of boredom right now. I keep telling myself “If only I could go travel around and take photos somewhere new”. Well, I did that. I got amazing photos but that was not quite satisfying enough (spiritually, yes, big time. Physically, not so much) for my creative nerve. It is kind of like the excuse you get from people who want to move that just think all their problems will be fixed if they get out of this town. Those people always end up right back to where they started. I need to step back into my roots of photography and really work back up from the ground. I need to remember why I started taking photos and really continue to use this gift that God has given me. I want to dig back into what got me stoked on photography a few years ago. Photos are what keep me going spiritually and physically, with out that burning desire to take pictures I feel lost. Sounds cheesy, but it is art, so who cares right?
A wise man named Andy Worhol once said “Art is what you can get away with”.
Im getting away with what keeps me going inside.
Here are a bunch of random photos from this fall:
Joey putting his “pizza lip” to use. This was in Nelson, BC. They have great pizza there.
Ben found 20 Canadian dollars, this was Canada’s way of saying “We love America”
Classic photo of Joey.
Zombie photo of Joey, this was taken on the way back from Canada. We stopped to take a moon photo but couldn’t get any good photos. I took a photo of Joey instead.
Josh Monteith just moved over to Seattle, but I took this photo of him a few weeks before he left. Josh has seriously been one of my biggest inspirations for photography and just for life in general. I am very blessed to have a friend like Josh in my life. Love you man.
This was taken on a hike I went on with Josh. Beautiful Coeur d’Alene lake.
Cliche, but nice. This is on Canfield, I wanted to take landscapes, but I thought this was cooler than my surroundings.
Same goes for this one.
Finally the sun set a little bit and got a nice photo of the beautiful Idaho sunset.
Clouds. I should instagram this photo. #clouds
I went up to Lookout Ski Resort to film a little video for Chuck Schmidt and I took advantage of the prime portrait opportunity I had to take a photo of Aaron Vetsch. Dirty Ern.
I need to blog more, sorry for the massive dump of photos this time.
P.S. Sorry if this blog seemed a little dark, that is most definitely not how I am feeling right now.