There is something about a landscape that speaks to my soul. When I was only 6 or 7 years old, I went to the library and browse around looking at photos in books with my older sisters. In that time I discovered travel magazines. I remember seeing one with a yellow box and border around the cover and it always had an intriguing photo on the cover. That magazine of course was the famous National Geographic magazine. I browsed through the magazines and saw interesting people and amazing graphics of animals. However, I didn't stop until I reached an issue that really caught my eye.
The front cover was nothing but landscapes meshed over each other. I remember a friend telling me about a recent trip to the Smoky Mountains and I just couldn't picture what "Smoky Mountains" could look like...until I saw this photo. I was able to experience something I had heard about, by seeing it through the eyes of a camera. I read every travel magazine that came through the library.
That slowly tapered down in excitement after a while after realizing I could see all of these places in these magazines, but starting realizing I would most likely never get to experience them in person. I was still young, but had never left a 20 mile radius in Southern Illinois, and traveling just wasn't in the family budget. I decided to back away from this and got involved in trading cards and sports.
Now fast forwarding 20 years, I finally realized why I loved the magazines so much. The travel, the excitement, and the photography. I went back to picking up travel magazines and set my goals a little closer. I got involved in capturing the beauty in local state parks and recreational areas. However, this is just the beginning.
I very much aspire to capture the American landscape in every state. I want to bring about a collection of photographs that show that beauty isn't just in the famous landmarks, but in every mile along the way.
I hope you enjoy the journey we are about to go on.