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):

And please share your thoughts and comments below. Cheers,

Josh

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