Hi, my name is Ian, and I’m a recent small-town Pennsylvania transplant to the Tucson area. Having fallen in love with the area on previous camping trips, nearly two years had been dedicated to making the necessary preparations for this move. Now that it has finally come to fruition, I’m in a state of constant euphoria. I’m now living in an area surrounded by dramatic mountains, interesting wildlife, and unusual plants, comprising a landscape that resembles nowhere else on the planet.
That’s my current story, but now I would like to explore my background, the things that have inspired me to become such an enthusiastic nature photographer, and the important code to which I adhere (especially where wildlife is concerned).
Nature has been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember. I spent most of my childhood traipsing through the woods, flipping logs and rocks in search of what most folks refer to as “creepy-crawlies.” When not outside, I was often sitting on the living room floor, idly paging through Audobon field guides, attempting to translate wildlife descriptions far above my reading level.
This interest continued through adulthood, eventually inspiring me to try my hand at reptile breeding. After several years of doing this, I eventually began to feel guilty about playing god, longing simply to see these beautiful creatures in their natural environments. During the course of working with such interesting animals, and spurred on by a few out-of-state camping trips, I did however become increasingly interested in photographing the things that I encountered.
The photography began as just a means of documenting wildlife that I came across (exclusively as a hobby), but eventually evolved into an art. As I traveled to more places, and saw more of the beautiful planet that we call Earth, this art quickly developed into an obsession. I have now made it my mission to provide one of the most varied nature-photography portfolios you will encounter, striving every day to take sharper, more interesting pictures of the natural world.
In my efforts to do so, however, I adhere to an important set of photography ethics. I am very careful to minimize the stress that my photography puts on all subjects by practicing extreme care to not damage/disturb habitats. I am very frugal in the use of flash, and have, in fact, entirely abandoned its use in photographing birds. I avoid the use of bait for attracting any wildlife, and practice extreme care to not harm my smaller photography subjects. None of the creatures photographed (including the little guys) are in captivity….No zoos, or pets. These images are exclusively of wild creatures in their chosen habitats.
In addition to my commitment to protecting the aforementioned photography subjects, I have transitioned my business to working almost exclusively with print shops local to the Tucson area. Rather than continuing to feed large, industrial print shops, I have opted to invest a little more money into having the vast majority of future work printed locally. Predictably, this change has resulted in a dramatic price increase. It is, however, extremely important to support the local art community, and I see no better way to do so.
Ethics and business aside, ultimately my dream is to help others increase their appreciation for the natural world, and photography is a great medium through which to achieve that vision. Who says work and passion can’t be two in the same?