Time to get back outside and reconnect.
"The Light Above Paradise"
As with many people today, I have become very burnt out on the constant bombardment of news, stories and information. This love-hate relationship with technology and its current intertwining with my life, livelihood and links to current and past relationships is a hard path to follow that I constantly struggle with.
From the need to feel connected by reading what is going on in the world, with my clients, my friends, and now with "virtual" friends -- to the desire to be disconnected from everything and reconnect with nature becomes more and more intense each day. A tiny computer called a phone now goes with me everywhere I go, allowing me more connection and communication than ever before, yet I find myself feeling even more disconnected using it less and less. Preferring instead to shut everything down, and by disconnecting…actually reconnecting.
This is part of the cycle in which most artists participate by immersing themselves in society, then relinquishing this connection to search for isolation and silence in order to tap into the source. The place of creation that, in turn, communicates back with the masses in order to remind ourselves of the power of being in the moment to recognize all that is around us.
I am lucky in that I have found a place in which I can achieve all of these things through the process of landscape photography. Where silence, solitude, creativity and connection are achieved by searching, waiting, watching and receiving. When I am isolated and connected with the source, open to what is given, I no longer "take" photos, but am "given" them, and for this I am truly grateful.
Timelapse sample of production on a large format panoramic canvas: 24 hours of work in 30 seconds...
I love being able to produce each image from start to finish!
Concept to capture, processing to printing, finishing to framing...
A client makes my day...
A couple of great folks who grew up in Livingston, but now live in Washington recently sent this to me of the 45" x45" triptychs of the "Bighorn Rainbows" they ordered earlier this year ...."Thanks Craig, we love them!!!!!!!!!!!"
From a million people in a few square miles, to a million per 145,500 square miles
Just got back from a fantastic vacation to visit my wife's family home turf---the east coast. New York City, Connecticut, and New Jersey-Long Beach Island. It's always great to get away….and even better to get back home!
About 10 years ago when I visited for the first time I was enamored with "the city" getting lost in all the art museums, chaos and culture, and I always enjoy when we get a chance to go back. This time we took our 4 & 6 year old boys show them what it was all about. The simple things that they have never seen or done before like riding a subway train, taking an elevator up 100 stories, or just enjoying delicious street food while walking through a herd of thousands of people was and exciting experience unto itself that burns lasting memories for a lifetime. As much as I enjoyed it, I cant wait to get them back in the raft for a slow float down the Yellowstone...
Northern Lights Above the Paradise Valley
Last night, or early this morning I should say, was a beautiful site unlike anything I've seen. On an evening with no moon to be seen, and not a cloud in the sky, it was a warm, crisp and clear night that only those who have been to Montana to see it could grasp the shear immense scope of the stars and the sky.
I had just finished a wonderful 2 day shoot at a ranch South of Big Timber on the Boulder River when I decided I should stop in at a favorite spot in the Paradise Valley on the way back home. It was 1 in the morning, and I figured I could get a few good sunrise shots of the recently baled hay along the river. But when I stepped out of the truck ready to climb in to the camper for a couple hours sleep (my sunrise alarm always set for 4:00 am) I could see glimmering shades of green, purple and reds dancing along the horizon over the valley. It was the Northern Lights!!!
Needless to say, I stayed up all night watching and capturing a natural show unlike I've ever seen. I opened a window on the nearby truck, and put on a little late night Yellowstone Public Radio. With a classical masterpiece in the background, combined with the slow roaring of the Yellowstone River far below, the inspiring light show over Livingston and the Paradise Valley made me feel insignificant, and part of everything in a timeless way that words are inappropriate to explain…
Impressions series...going big
Just finished a 10 foot wide piece for a client from the "Impressions" series: