Utah - Ryan Kost
Desert Subtlety

Desert Subtlety

Desert Subtlety. Sunlight delicately glances off a slot canyon in Zion National park before cascading into darkness. It's more important to click with your surroundings than to click the shutter. You must listen, and kindly ask if you can borrow a moment in time hoping to translate it into meaningful art that transcends reality and connects viscerally to yourself and viewers. The more heart and passion you put into your work, the more rewarding it becomes. Hopefully it resonates, but you should be proud of it regardless. Using your eyes to navigate and sculpt a worldview and craft a vision

This photo required discomfort. I had to swim through 4 frigid pools of water holding my camera on my tripod above my head and the water. I was in shorts and short sleeves. I then had to stand in chest high water and try and get my tripod to sit balanced on the sandy flood in a dark slot cathedral as mist sprayed my camera and lens. My teeth clattered as I listened and took it all in. Artistically, my brain pondered how to convey this quiet desert scene. I don't say this to try and sound bravado or tough. I say it to further set the scene and illustrate the work that goes behind crafting many photos. In the end, the photo is a product of an experience. An experience that spurs your curiosity and wonder. An experience alone that tunes you into your senses. An experience that has you wanting to stick your head around the next corner no matter how cold or uncomfortable it might be. Rather than focusing on depth of fields, you focus on the depths of your feelings. This is where the true artistic power of photography stems from no matter the genre. This is what I strive for.

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