Chris Kayler Fine Art Nature Photography - Print Sales, Workshops, Books
The website of Chris Kayler, a fine art nature photographer creating memorable images of spectacular wildlife and magnificent landscapes.
In my hands, a camera is a tool with which to create art, not "take" it.
As a medium, photography is the perfect tool for my creation of art because I can simultaneously display the beautiful reality of nature while also showcasing my own vision and personal style. This style and vision blossoms from my personal experiences with nature. Each photograph that I create has a lifetime of memories and emotions behind it. Some photographs may call back to times of overwhelming loneliness, some of sadness, and some of immense joy. While in nature creating photographs, I let my emotions and reactions to the scene purposefully guide me towards the creation of something meaningful and memorable. I often enjoy looking back at my art and feeling all of the emotions that I felt at the time flood back into consciousness.
I integrate my personal style and unique vision into each photograph I create by utilizing several techniques. First, I make careful selections about which of my various lenses, filters, and other equipment to use, as well as what shutter speed and aperture is best to show the scene as I visualize it. These conscious selections and settings greatly affect the final appearance of the image. Second, I utilize my knowledge and intuition of composition to include and exclude elements within the scene while creating visual flow and layers of subtle complexity. Finally, I use the digital darkroom to process the image after capture to more closely resemble my experience while in the field. I believe that much of the power and excitement of photography lies within it's ability to depict the stunning reality of our world. As such, I tend to tread a fine line between overt processing and remaining faithful to the experience. Most of my photographs are processed in what I consider to be a natural and subtle style, with the most common adjustments being made in the realms of color and contrast, and rarely by cloning out unwanted elements within the photograph. Overall, it can be summarized that I strive to create art while fully engrossed in nature, as I feel my most powerful connections during these moments.
Another aspect of my work that I often consider is the appreciation for nature that it may be able to instill in others. I believe that our culture today lives too far removed from real natural experiences, and as a whole we have lost a lot of our appreciation and connection with the natural world. I feel great pride in knowing that my work may bring help to begin changing that. If my art has inspired even a small bit of natural appreciation where it may not have existed before, then I feel that I have succeeded.