photos 2,4,5 (c) Jeff Richter
As my time has
always been spent out-of-doors; backpacking, paddling, just looking &
learning about natural things, I began photographing as an extension of this
interest, Whether watching squall lines march across Lake Superior or observing
Loons caring for their chicks, I felt compelled to share these incredible
moments. However, my purpose for creating images evolved into promoting the idea
that we are inextricably connected with the great circle of nature. I believe it
is our responsibility as stewards to foster the health of the land & all
living creatures- everything which is also part of this circle.
entirely self taught was certainly the long way around, but I believe the
unhurried time spent learning allowed me to develop a unique style. I
concentrate on light, texture & color as well as the juxtaposition of all
three, rather than simply finding a subject to photograph. For the past six
years most of my photographic efforts have been in the Lake Superior basin &
the northern forest beyond, with a special emphasis on the lake itself. Having
grown up on the water, I have always been drawn to these reservoirs of
knowledge, moods & biodiversity. Although I'm called an 'artist', I feel
that nature is the artist & that I simply interpret it's beauty. This
respect for the natural world reflects the deep rooted affection I have for the
land & I hope is evident in the images I capture on film.
lives on the wind swept shores of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Steve’s award winning photography is published regularly in regional and
national magazines & calendars