Mike VanDeWalker

Artist’s Statement

I have but one goal in my landscape and nature photography. I want you to be able to become a part of the scene you are looking at. Living in and photographing the Pacific Northwest gives me the opportunity to share images of this magnificent area with those not as fortunate as I. If for some reason you are not able to hike The McKenzie River Trail I want to bring it to you. If you live in the desert of the Southwest I want you to see and experience Mt. Washington on a cold winter day. The majority of my work is landscape and nature and is shot in Oregon.

I shoot for an end result in color at times and in black and white on other occasions. The subject, location and lighting are just a few factors that determine what my end result is going to be. While looking at my images please take that extra moment to let your mind wander. Can you hear the waves? Can you smell the musty and damp forest floor? Do you wonder what is on the other side of the hill in the background? If so I have done what I set out to do.

When I am shooting close up, macro or abstract, you may have to really let your mind wander. Sometimes I have no idea what the end result is going to be until I shoot the final frame. It may take a few minutes to figure out what you are looking at but I will strive to make it interesting for you.

Thanks for looking,
Mike Van De Walker

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