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Healing Waters

Wahclella Falls - Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

FINE ART LIMITED EDITION OF 100

Direct light pierces the canyon above Wahclella Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

I haven’t really written anything about the recent fire in the Columbia River Gorge. With having such a deep connection to the area it’s been hard to find the words and sift through the emotions. Like many others, I have gone through the stages of grief in dealing with the fire. To know that the area where I used nature to fight my most challenging personal demons was raining down on my car in ash was one of the biggest heartbreaks I’ve ever felt. Disbelief that the fire grew to such proportions so quickly, never expecting it to reach far beyond the Eagle Creek drainage and then waking up every morning to learn that yet another favorite creek, waterfall, or hiking trail had been in the path of the blaze. The anger, disbelief, and pain were all very real and I’ll never forget those feelings. It shook me in the deepest parts of my soul. Flashbacks of specific moments, experiences, and views filled my head for days, knowing that those exact things have been tarnished by the acts of another.

But that’s selfish. The reality is that fire is a natural part of the ecosystem and while it was caused by a human, the hotter and drier summers that we have been having combined with the exponentially increasing visitation to the area leads me to believe it would have happened eventually. This is nature’s way of hitting the reset button. The litter and graffiti are just symptoms of the overall problem: arrogant disrespect and misuse of our natural areas. If any lesson is learned from this fire I hope it’s the one where we learn how fragile these places are; that they are not to be taken for granted and are to be respected and taken care of. The gorge has been burned, cut, and pillaged for centuries and it has always bounced back because that’s what nature does. The fire itself will help clean out invasive species that we have introduced and allow the native plants to flourish. Soil has been enriched, seeds will germinate, and growth will return in abundance. New views will be opened up, the land will adjust and heal, and we will move forward with a deeper appreciation of what we do have, and hopefully a higher level of awareness around our collective actions. We are but blips in time and space in the grand scheme of the earth and to view the fire as something that destroyed the gorge is not only shortsighted, but also closed minded.

This is Wahclella Falls. While it’s a place of immense beauty I have never really connected to it in a way that compelled me to photograph it. On the day I took this photo I was accompanying two friends who were doing some work and as I sat in the sun watching them play in the water with their cameras, the light shined into the canyon above the main falls. It’s these deeper looks into the scenes which I have really been drawn to lately and I take solace in the fact that there will be beauty like this everywhere in the gorge despite the fire.

The gorge is in its most unique state in our lifetimes and we have a front row seat to watching the regeneration. Yes.. some areas burned heavily and will take longer and some areas have burned but the trees will survive. But no matter where we look there will be beauty to be seen, if either we look hard enough or through a different perspective.

Lumachrome Fine Art Prints • Acrylic Face-Mounted and Ready to Hang

Lumachrome Fine Art Prints • Acrylic Face-Mounted and Ready to Hang

Premium Limited Edition Fine Art Lumachrome Prints are the epitome of elegance and quality. By face mounting the print to 1/8" thick scratch-resistant, non-reflective crystal clear acrylic and backing it with a protective surface and a 1.3" rear mounted frame, the print seemingly floats from the wall. The proprietary Lumachrome process in combination with the acrylic facing gives a depth, dimensionality, and glow to the image which is unmatched and needs to be seen to believed. These pieces are museum quality, absolutely stunning, and truly a collectors piece. Premium Fine Art Lumachrome Prints are ideal for galleries or private homes and with the proper lighting will take on a luminance that brings the photo to life. While these ready-to-hang pieces offer a modern, sleek, and clean appearance, traditional framing is also available and can be discussed one-on-one to pick the most appropriate frame for your piece.

Shipping is included to locations within the United States. Please contact me for a shipping quote if you will have your purchase shipped elsewhere. To learn more about my prints, please visit my Prints page.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for production and delivery

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Chromaluxe Fine Art Metal Prints • Ready to Hang

Chromaluxe Fine Art Metal Prints • Ready to Hang

If you are looking for a piece that combines durability with a modern and elegant look, I offer Premium Limited Edition Fine Art Metal Prints. Using a state-of-the-art process, the image is infused directly into the surface of specially coated aluminum which creates a scratch and fade resistant piece that is ready to hang without a frame. Metal prints contain a tremendous amount of depth, detail, and sharpness that will be sure to draw the viewer in. Since the image is fused directly into the aluminum, the resulting piece is scratch and water resistant and will resist fading or yellowing over time while at the same time being easy to clean. These are the ideal for offices and public spaces due to their durability. 

Shipping is included to locations within the United States. Please contact me for a shipping quote if you will have your purchase shipped elsewhere. To learn more about my prints, please visit my Prints page.

Please allow 2-3 weeks for production and delivery.

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FujiFlex Supergloss Fine Art Loose Prints • Ready to Frame

Loose Premium Limited Edition Fine Art Prints are made using the amazing Fujiflex Crystal Archive Silver-halide Paper, which features superior color, contrast, tonal range, and saturation. This polyester based paper makes the prints more vivid and dimensional. The colors are rich, deep, and unlike any photographic print you have seen before. It is truly top of the line, exhibition quality paper that will last a lifetime.  If you are looking for full-service framing options, I am happy to work with you on your needs. Please note that these prints require framing before display. I am happy to work with you on your framing needs. Please contact me to do so. For ready-to-hang options, please consider my Lumachrome Acrylic Face Mounted or Chromaluxe Metal Prints.

Shipping is included to locations within the United States. Please contact me for a shipping quote if you will have your purchase shipped elsewhere. To learn more about my prints, please visit my Prints page.

Please allow 1-2 weeks for production and delivery.

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Shipping is included to locations within the United States. Please contact me for a shipping quote if you will have your purchase shipped elsewhere. To learn more about my Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, please visit my Prints Page