Often it can be difficult to find something new for the portfolio, and despite two weeks with prime fall conditions in Colorado, I wasn’t seeing anything I hadn’t already enjoyed and shot for my collection. I headed to the Monument Valley near Durango in the southwest corner of Colorado. Up in the foothills, I saw the most amazing array of maples and aspen blending together. I love barbed-wire fences and range areas. It might be trespassing, but a trove of wealth needing the camera’s attention usually sits just on the other side of these barriers. So, up the dirt road I trespassed, and into a stand of aspen I went. The backdrop of red maples provided the perfect blend of aspen princes and majestic maples.
Jeff Mitchum is one of the great American and international landscape photographers who rose to success in the recent years. He is often described as the “Ansel Adams of color” in the fine art photography world. Self taught, Mitchum is known for his compositional mastery and the keynotes in his work are the use of natural light and subject matter. His aesthetic is simple – to capture the stunning beauty of nature and dramatic landscape and bring it to people’s everyday lives.