Volcanoes of the PNW

The Pacific Northwest is saturated with gorgeous mountain ranges and volcanoes. I spend a majority of my free time hiking and immersing myself in the natural beauty that lies in close proximity to Seattle and my hometown Issaquah. The most iconic...

DREAMSCAPES

My "dreamscape" collection to me is a fantasy where the opportunity costs of chasing your passion, purpose, or goals in life can coexist symbiotically with the relationships you have with the people you care about. With how much passion and success I have had with...

STARMINISCE

Starminisce is a collection of images that are reminiscent of the origins of the reason why I started pursuing astrophotography. I didn’t get into astrophotography because I wanted nice pictures… I got into it because I was at a chaotic point in my life between all the...

Volcanoes of the PNW

The Pacific Northwest is saturated with gorgeous mountain ranges and volcanoes. I spend a majority of my free time hiking and immersing myself in the natural beauty that lies in close proximity to Seattle and my hometown Issaquah. The most iconic volcanic mountains here, like Rainier, St Helens, Baker, and Adams are located within their respective national parks and forests and are some of the last bastions of pristine dark skies in the country, safe from light pollution, and a stargazers paradise… assuming that it is not cloudy! More often than not it is... But! When we are blessed with cloudless nights synchronized with favorable moon conditions, these mountains and their surrounding wildernesses make for excellent nightscape compositions. I used innovative shooting and editing techniques to create the cleanest and most naturally detailed photos of these mountains to date- involving Equatorial Mounts, Modified Cameras, and Focal Length Blending- to create a portrait series of these magnificent volcanic mountains underneath the Milky Way galaxy and inspire those who haven’t seen the Milky Way in all it’s glory to venture themselves to experience the night sky! My mortal words always fall short when trying to articulate the emotions, perspective, and primal self awareness one feels while experiencing what it is like to view the Milky Way hover over these impressive mountains. My ‘Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest’ is a portrait series of these mountains starting with the most iconic ones: Mt Rainier and Mt St Helens. I have spent countless weeks and sleepless weekends night hiking around these areas with 60lbs of astrophotography gear to capture these mountains in all their glory and enjoyed every bit of it! I hope this summer (2017) between school and sharing my passion for the night sky through the night photography workshops I am running, to have the opportunity to capture more of the amazing mountains here in the Pacific Northwest and add to this collection! I hope these images inspire you to visit our National Parks here in Washington- and don’t forget, half the park is after dark!

 
 
 
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Dreamscape

My "dreamscape" collection to me is a fantasy where the opportunity costs of chasing your passion, purpose, or goals in life can coexist symbiotically with the relationships you have with the people you love. With how much passion and success I have been blessed with this past year in astrophotography, I have also seen an immense amount of people I love and care about unfortunately fade out of my life- relationships dissolving because of the solitary lifestyle I choose to live because I find it conducive to success towards my purpose with astronomy, astrophotography, and art.

Blending Hubble deep space images, terrestrial foregrounds, and a human element together allegorically encapsulates the sentiments surrounding a dream where we can bring the people and close relationships we have with us- to be successful without sacrifices of the heart. Sometimes small interactions with someone you love can be your whole world. Or a relationship in your heart can be bigger to you than the entire damn universe. Whatever it is, I hope these images can evoke emotions and thought about the loving relationships you have and/if anything in the universe deserves to take precedence over them.

Hope if any of y'all read this know that there's no love lost on this side, and I’m sorry.

 
 
 
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Starminisce 

Starminisce is a collection of images that are reminiscent of the origins of the reason why I started pursuing astrophotography. I didn’t get into astrophotography because I wanted nice pictures… I got into it because I was at a chaotic point in my life between all the inevitable internal and external adversity we all have to face in our lives: family problems, break ups, losing loved ones, career changes, near death experiences, and big life events... and I needed a healthy medium in which to express how I felt about all these things and let them manifest in a better way than many alternatives- astrophotography was both a canvas and cathartic release.


...When you tell a story or recollect an old fling, your favorite summer, or a grand adventure you went on; often times between facts, emotions, bias, and how selective our memories can be; your perception of the events can alter and distort the way you view that former reality as you recollect it at a later time… Reminiscing can become increasingly abstract, and I wanted this series to parallel that abstractness. So, many of the images in this collection are not bound to the typical mutual exclusiveness of officially being categorized as either astrophotography or digital art... Derived from real images and editing into creative recollections- many of the images are a mix of both, just as our memories while reminiscing are a mix of both reality and what we felt.

 
 
 
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