Nico draws from a wide variety of experiences to create his art. His passion for traveling and the outdoors has led him into challenging situations around the world and in a variety of cultures – from documenting the behavior of endangered mountain gorillas in the Congo to balancing precariously above the terraced hillsides of Machu Picchu for the perfect sweeping panoramic image – he does what it takes to get the shot. His experiences and successes interacting with cultures varying from Serbian to Brazilian and Cambodian to Tanzanian provide a strong foundation and understanding for communication beyond the realm of language.
“My passion for photography has brought me to many out-of-the-way places and introduced me to quite a few interesting individuals. Challenging situations often arise, from language barriers to atmospheric light, to precarious shooting locations. Experiencing the combinations of these factors has increased my comfort zone. The beauty captured in my landscapes are directly correlated to effort in the field. When I’m out there in the middle of it all, I feel a certain focus and peace of mind that anchors me to that moment in time. I am excited to be able to share these moments with you, and hopefully inspire you to seek moments and adventures of your own, and to live deliberately.”
I am a Utah-based landscape photographer. Since moving west from Michigan in 2005, I thoroughly enjoy exploring the mountain west and consider it my home. These photos are a visual depiction of my wanderings through the mountains, deserts and other inspiring places.
I believe in protecting wild spaces for all to enjoy. Travels thus far have taken me around the western states, Canada, Patagonia and Ireland.
The images are actual photographs with minimal Photoshop applied (no HDR composite images or ones with different sky dropped in).
Enough about me, go enjoy the photographs!
Exploring the great outdoors has been a perpetual source of peace and contentment for me over the years. It has fostered in me an appreciation and respect for the strength and grandeur and beauty of nature—especially during those riveting moments in which the light, scenery, and elements all harmoniously align.
Through the medium of photography, I have sought to portray glimpses of this pacifying influence in an attempt to perpetuate that pleasant association into other realms of my daily life. This regular visual connection to the great outdoors has encouraged a welcome calm both to me and many others with whom I’ve been able to share my images.
Gordon Smith is a professional landscape photographer based in St. George, Utah. He strives to capture original, natural landscapes. He especially loves his home in southwest Utah and the high desert. This gives easy access to Zion, Bryce, the Wave, Death Valley and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. He loves to travel with camera in tow even if far off the beaten path. The connection with our land and its’ natural beauty is what he hopes to express in photographs. All art touches a person’s emotions and creates a connection between the viewer and the work of art. Photography is no different.