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Cape Kiwanda State Park, Oregon, USA • Canon 5D Mk III, Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS, f/22, 3.2sec, ISO 100

When did you start photography?
I received my first SLR camera (a Pentax K-1000) for my 10th birthday and I have been shooting ever since, though I began photographing seriously – and with digital – in 2009.

How important is photography for you?
For me, photography is a necessary distraction. It gives me a break from my quantitative-oriented day job and allows me to exercise creativity. Landscape photography forces you to slow down, to be still, to observe and be aware – all of which are lacking in the busyness of my everyday life.

Your favourite and most inspiring location?
The location I return to year after year is the Adirondack State Park in upstate New York. Because the park is comprised of 6 million acres, you truly can get away from the crowds. The rugged beauty, wilderness and shear vastness provides an idyllic setting for a lifetime of adventures.

Who is your favourite past or present photographer?
Ian Plant has been a big influence for me. I have photographed many of the locations in the mid-Atlantic that he has and seeing what a trained eye can capture was invaluable as I began getting serious about my own photography. He also has a tremendous writing gift, which I enjoy. And I’m constantly inspired by the work of Floris van Breugel, among many others.

What are your future photographic plans?
No major plans for the future, just to continue honing my craft. With a full-time job and a young family, my photography can be described as 'opportunistic' – just taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves.

What advice would you give to a younger you about photography?
I think it’s important to look at the work of other artists, and not just photographers. At the same time, one can easily become trapped into producing the same 'look' as the people we look up to. There is a fine line there and I’m still learning to navigate it.

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