Utah photographer Johnny Adolphson belongs in the mountains. He’s spent many nights hiking and backpacking through wild terrain, with only a headlamp to illuminate his path.
He knows the landscape well, and he’s worked here not only as a photographer but also as a firefighter and a snowcat ski guide. Some nights, he camps in his Subaru, where he has a bed on one end and all his photography gear on the other. He wakes before the sun, and when the trails disappear, he uses a map, a compass, or GPS to find his way.
“It’s those moments of amazing light, or the clearing after a storm, or nights in the desert chasing the Milky Way that I live for,” Tweet
Adolphson devotes the hours surrounding sunrise and sunset to photography, not only because of the soft and shining sunlight over the mountains, but also because he often has another job to get to in the middle. “It’s those moments of amazing light, or the clearing after a storm, or nights in the desert chasing the Milky Way that I live for,” the artist says.
Adolphson’s daily life, like his photography, is deeply rooted in the natural world. When we asked him about his influences last month, he responded, “I find inspiration from moments spent in nature.” At home in Heber City, he can be found gardening, and when he’s not traveling alone, he takes his wife and two kids along for the adventure.
“Although I travel throughout the western United States for landscape photography, my favorite place to shoot is my home state,” the photographer tells us, “From the alpine terrain in the Uinta and Wasatch mountain ranges in northern Utah to the vast Southern Desert regions, my list of places I need to shoot is constantly growing. I find peace and clarity during this time spent in the wild.”
We asked Adolphson to share some of his most memorable shots, and he also told us some of his expert tips for capturing beautiful landscapes.