Stanislaus National Forest Residency Photos

In September, 2012 I was awarded an artist residency through the Stanislaus National Forest and 3 Forests Interpretive Association Artist in the Woods Program. After applying for the program and beating out a number of other applicants, I was given the opportunity to live and photograph in the Sierra High Country for two weeks (unfortunately reduced to 10 days due to scheduling conflicts). I stayed in a sweet little cabin at Baker Station on Highway 108 near Sonora Pass and spent my days roaming far and wide through the forest, hiking, camping, backpacking, and of course, taking photos.

My usual style of photography involves photographing grand landscapes under dramatic light. Unfortunately the residency landed smack dab in a window of calm, clear weather between two sets of dramatic thunderstorms. For me that meant clear, boring skies for nearly the entire time I was there. Which was good in a way because it forced me to look outside my usual paradigm and interpret scenes in ways I normally wouldn’t. The result was a high number of  abstract and intimate landscape shots, and surprisingly few “big picture” type images. Enjoy!

If you’d like to read more about my adventures during this wonderful residency, as well as see lots of behind-the-scenes photos and videos, check out my day-by-day breakdowns (links will become active as the breakdowns are written):

  • Day 1: Welcome!
  • Day 2: Sonora Pass and St. Mary’s Pass
  • Days 3 & 4: Blue Canyon Backpacking trip and Trail of the Gargoyles
  • Days 5 & 6: Photography Workshops
  • Day 7: Fixing an exploding coolant system on my Eep!
  • Days 8 – 10: Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking trip to Granite Dome

And please share your thoughts and comments below. Cheers,

Josh

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6 replies
  1. David Richter
    David Richter says:

    All of them are great, Josh, but I thoroughly enjoy your approach on the abstract, more intimate scenes here. Thus, “Blue Canyon Lake” and “Trail of the Gargoyles Trees” being my absolute favorite of the bunch.

    Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of your Sierra getaway!

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  2. Molly Fuller
    Molly Fuller says:

    Hi Josh, I’m the new Summit District Ranger. I just started the job here when Marie briefly introduced us. I’d have loved to join you in your class. The photos are marvelous, inspiring. You’ve captured some serene and surreal moments in the Emmigrant and on the Summit Ranger District. What an honor! Marie wants me to vote on best! Help! Top 3, not in order: Christmas Tree, Liquid gold and Light Splash.

    I have never had a course in photography, and don’t have the proper camera. And I have never taken an art course. But this year we had 2 artists in residence, and because the 2nd artist, Diane Stearns, lived next door to me at the residence in Strawberry, I took her class. I am so inspired with the both of you, and very thankful. Keep in touch and I’m adding your site to my favorites. Eternally grateful, Molly Fuller

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    • Josh
      Josh says:

      Hi Molly,

      Thank you so much for the kind words! It was a privilege to serve as one of the Artists in the Woods this year and I’m happy I get to share my images of the Stanislaus Forest.

      And thanks for your votes! I’m still waiting on the final word from Marie but once I hear I’ll be making a nice, big print for y’all.

      Take care and thanks again for the opportunity,

      Josh

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