One day’s exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers’ plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul.
It is amazing to see how talented people capture the sights, tranquility, and power of our national parks. We love sharing beautiful images with those who visit, support, and appreciate Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks.
We are most grateful to these fine partners for so generously sharing their images and videos with all of us.
Growing up in Oregon I backpacked with my family at an early age and eventually began climbing mountains in the Cascade Range. Climbing trips to the North Cascades and Mr. Rainier were formative stepping stones for expeditions I would take in Wyoming, Alaska, South America and Nepal. I always enjoyed being the expedition photographer because it allowed me to give slide shows to anyone I could corner in a dark room with a projector. Over time I became an avid student of the art of landscape photography. Now my expeditions take me to all corners of the globe, but to photograph mountains instead of climbing them. Washington’s National Parks remain some of my favorite wild photography destinations.
Sean Bagshaw is a landscape and travel photographer, digital image developing enthusiast and photography educator based in Ashland, Oregon. He spends as much time as possible searching out extraordinary light in the landscape. He particularly enjoys photographing in remote and wild places and is an advocate for their protection and conservation. He is a founding member and one-seventh of the Pacific Northwest-based photography team known as Photo Cascadia. Previously a middle school science teacher, education has also been a natural fit in his photography career. He frequently teams up with fellow Photo Cascadia members leading workshops as well as teaching digital image developing to a worldwide audience.
Because I have a deep love for the natural world, I believe in the legacy mission of the National Park Service. WNPF’s unique support enables programs and science that would otherwise not happen in Washington’s National Parks. I’m always thankful if my photography can contribute to their efforts.
John is a nature, travel & environmental photographer living in the Seattle, Washington area. His energies are devoted to National Parks, travel scenics, mountain aerials, winter views, wilderness areas and photojournalism for environmental causes. His work has been recognized in juried exhibitions and has been widely published. He is a Volunteer Photographer for the National Park Service’s Office of Communications and has been on the Advisory Board for the Photography Program at Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA.
I grew up looking out my bedroom window at Mount Rainier and I feel that the National Parks in Washington epitomize what is so great about our state! Those who protect and educate on behalf of the parks are special people! And any small part that I can play to help them, is the least I can do.
From the window of their studio, the four photographers who run Red Box Pictures can see the hulking Seattle Post-Intelligencer globe. It’s more than just a Seattle landmark to them. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its last edition on March 17, 2009. Less than two weeks later, on March 26, 2009, four photojournalists who had lost their jobs when the newspaper closed formed Red Box Pictures. The Red Box Pictures company name comes from the P-I’s red newspaper vending boxes that once dotted the state. The four founders, Dan DeLong, Scott Eklund, Andy Rogers and Rob Sumner, decided to start the company to keep alive the spirit of creativity and collaboration that was fostered in the newsroom environment.
Settling in our new home, I started to breathe in Washington’s diverse natural beauty: the rugged mountain ranges, the pristine alpine lakes, the remote coastlines, and the old-growth forests. Little did I know the extent to which the state’s outdoor scene would transform my life. What started as a single short hike to an alpine lake in the mountains turned into routine weekend outings into the Cascades. When my status as a weekend warrior was not enough, I fit in mid-week sunrise and sunset hikes. Eventually, I joined a mountaineering course in hopes of reaching more remote terrain and greater heights. During this entire time, my passion for photography equally grew. I fell in love with capturing the area’s rugged and pristine beauty and sharing it with the world. On the top of a mountain, a new excitement filled my heart and it slowly started to change how I saw my place in the world.
With a fiery passion for the mountains and all things outdoors, Scott Kranz specializes in capturing authentic moments in real adventures while surrounded by the most wild, rugged, and pristine beauty of North America and beyond.
Scott is not your typical creative. A philosophy graduate of a small liberal arts university in the Midwest, a former attorney and juris doctor, Scott Kranz fully transitioned his original career into full-time commercial and editorial photography and storytelling, with a focus on outdoor sports, lifestyle, landscape, and travel photography.
We are lucky to have three amazing national parks in Washington, all three of which are largely protected as wilderness. To me, our backyard wilderness areas aren’t just a place to go to take photos, but they are also my escape to refresh my spirit. I am rarely as happy and content as when I am in the wilderness, fully immersed in that moment. We need these wild places to feed our spirits and stay connected to who we are.
Combining a passion for all things outdoors with a unique creative eye, Stephen creates images for the world’s leading magazines and outdoor gear manufacturers. He developed his vision as a natural landscape photographer, and now applies that creative vision to active outdoor and lifestyle images. Stephen spends a large part of his time capturing the beauty of Washington’s largest National Parks, which renew his creativity and passion for photography every time he visits them. See more of his work at his website
I have always felt that a great part of taking beautiful pictures is going to cool places! The planning, the trip itself, being there in the outdoors, that’s the best part. Being able to capture some part of the look and feel of the place is an extra bonus. It helps to keep the memory alive and makes it possible to communicate some small part of what it was like to others.
Growing up in the Northeast, Andy Porter felt a subtle, nagging force pulling him westward. He knew that his future was somewhere on the Pacific coast. After many hiking and backpacking trips in the West, he finally decided to settle down in the Seattle area in 1980. Photography has always been bound with outdoor adventure for Andy. He never had an interest in taking pictures until he started to go backpacking. Andy now lives in the Skagit Valley. See more of his work at www.AndyPorterImages.com
As a native son of Seattle, Washington’s national parks were critical in shaping my career path in conservation and photography. As a young adult I learned to climb in the North Cascades, and now I love sharing Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park with people from around the world. These are our crown jewels that need to be protected and enjoyed by generations to come.
Over the course of his 40-year career, photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. Wolfe’s photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition and perspective. Wolfe’s photographic mission is multi-faceted: art, wildlife advocacy, education, and journalism inform his work. Along with his numerous book and television awards, Wolfe is the proud recipient of the Nature’s Best Photographer of the Year Award, the North American Nature Photography Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Medal. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Wolfe maintains his offices, stock agency, and production company in Seattle, Washington. His fine art work is available online at www.artwolfe.com and through the Rotella Galleries, located in Las Vegas and New York City.
Video tells the stories of the parks and their people with emotion, injecting a very human element into the history, current challenges and victories, and future of these lands. The Fund is fortunate to work with skilled professionals who have generously supported our efforts to tell and share the important stories that help us connect, learn about, and support the parks.
In a world filled with immediate, urgent needs, it is worth pausing to think about the future. I believe that if one wants to make a truly lasting difference for future generations, you can’t do much better than working to preserve and protect our remaining natural places. That is why the work of Washington’s National Park Fund is so important, especially in this amazing part of the world that I call home.
Vince Werner started out with 10 years of audio recording and mixing at Steve Lawson Productions/Bad Animals, followed by 23 years as co-founder of Clatter&Din, Inc., a leading Seattle area audio/video production studio, where he returned to his first love: video production. A native of the Northwest, he grew up with Mount Rainier looming outside his bedroom window. “I even went to The EVERGREEN State College, for Pete’s sake.” Special thanks to Vince, Rachel, Scott and the gang at Clatter&Din for the in-kind contribution of this award-winning video highlighting the national parks’ perspectives on the difference your gifts make.
Another great video to watch is WNPF Celebrates volunteers at Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National parks.
REI did a beautiful job producing a video of how a special group of climbers was inspired to give back. One of those climbers, Kelly, went on to pay it forward as an expression of his gratitude to Search and Rescue rangers and volunteers.
As a result of this rescue, REI and its employees are now active and passionate supporters of Washington State’s National Parks. They participate in fundraising climbs for Washington’s National Park Fund, and new this year, will form teams who give back through their participation in RAMROD. Equally important, they’re establishing an active volunteer and stewardship project at Mount Rainier for the summer of 2015. Learn more and give back.