As a nearly lifelong resident of the state of Kansas it would be fair to say that I have heartland roots and values. Growing up on the outskirts of Kansas City, there was ample time in my youth to wander the hills and streams with childhood friends as we searched endlessly to quench youthful curiosity.
Most nature photographers share first and foremost a love of all things natural. Like many others, I share a burning desire to experience firsthand the flora and fauna of our earth while striving to understand mankind’s intimate role in the preservation of the vanishing natural environment. Whether wandering in my National Wildlife Federation Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat or roaming the wild places and national parks of our country, I’m driven to record the beauty and diversity of nature’s miracles.
My nature photography would best be characterized as Realistic in style. I strive to accurately portray to the viewer the lines, form and vivid colors that I experienced at the moment the shutter was tripped.
Unlike oil or watercolor painting, nature photography is a subtractive art form, where great care is taken to eliminate visual elements that don’t enhance the subject or scene being captured. I take great pride in adhering to the principle; it’s what you don’t see that counts!
“Time spent photographing in the natural world evolved into a desire to share my personal vision with others. While nature photography is a uniquely personal experience between the photographer and the subject, my hope is that the images I create may inspire others to immerse themselves in nature and reconnect with the sights, smells, sounds and creatures that permeate our earth.”Wayne Rhodus