My Beautiful Mountains: A Photo Series

When I was little one of my favorite movies was Heidi. The story of a little girl who finds her home in the mountains with her previously estranged grandfather. Heidi’s cousin whisks her away to the city of Frankfurt just as the going gets good back in the mountains.

Heidi made for a companion to a very sick girl who lived in a big fancy house. She hated to leave her mountains and looked everywhere for a glimpse of them, but she couldn’t see them from the city no matter how high she got.

Heidi missed her mountains so much she got sick. The people who had purchased her for their daughter sent her home. Once back in the Alps her health improved and she became the happy girl she was before.

I spent a year and a half in Virginia and Maryland as representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The mountains there pale in comparison to the mountains in southeast Idaho and western Wyoming. I missed them so much and longed to see them again.

Now I’m home, and not a day goes by I don’t look up at my mountains and thank their Creator I get to live in their shadows.

These photos were taken during a much needed trip to Grand Teton National Park with some family members. We stopped in Jackson Wyoming for lunch where we played with different picture effects and aperture settings.

I decided to shoot in high contrast black and white for nearly every shot for two reasons.

First, it wasn’t a particularly colorful time of year. The world was either gray, brown, or yellow.

Second, the weather wasn’t clear. The sky was in a mood and the shadows it created in the clouds were fascinating. High contrast brought these shadows to life in the camera.