Hi, I'm James, a PNW-based fine art wilderness photographer, outdoor guide, and photography mentor. I create art that speaks to the raw powers of nature and share my knowledge with other photographers looking to grow.
Two-year old me gazed up in wonder. “Tree”—my first coherent utterance (say my parents)—marked the start of a lifelong connection with nature.
As a kid, I couldn’t wait for summer break when we’d leave the city for our mountain cabin. There, the lakes, forests and wildlife offered ample exploration. And since nature is ever-changing, things were different every year.
Ironically, nature became a constant source of peace, knowledge and inspiration. But I never considered myself especially creative.
A Means to Creative Expression
Fast forward to 2010, when I saved up for my first DSLR to document the growth of my garden.
I vividly remember those first moments. Even though I fiddled with the camera settings more than I clicked the shutter, that experience sparked a flame that altered the trajectory of my life.
I raced home to upload the images. They were terrible—underexposed, crooked horizons, missing subjects, blown highlights. What the heck? But that mix of thrill and disappointment planted in me an obsession to improve, and I've spent much of my free time since then experimenting and studying to do just that.
Chasing a Dream
Three years later, my girlfriend and I moved out to Seattle to pursue this passion. Surrounded by breathtaking views of water, giant trees and beautiful mountains, goosebumps are now a regular occurrence. I’m proud to say that my art has been featured in galleries and sold to individuals and businesses around the country. As you can probably tell, I also enjoy writing about photography and mentoring other photographers along their own journeys.
Just as it did when I was two years old, working amongst natural landscapes enriches my body, mind and spirit. And it is my goal to infuse my work with a richness that speaks to nature's raw powers and our primal, visceral relationship with them.
I'm continually humbled and motivated by how far I have yet to go.
Join me on the journey!
-- James Lorentson