Piece description from the artist
The Olympic Mountains are Washington State’s coastal range. Their snows and glaciers feed many rivers, including the Big Quilcene. The river pictured is small and just right for fishing in the late summer and fall. On the late September afternoon when the photo was taken, the sun dipped lower, leaving a dimly lit world of trees, rocks, water and yellow sky.
Kirk Beeler has been doing landscape photography for more than twenty-five years. From Vashon Island in Washington, his home since 1988, photography and fly-fishing have taken him throughout the Pacific Northwest and the world.
Kirk was raised in a small town in Eastern Washington located near the Cascade Mountains. The many summers he spent high in these mountains left him with an appreciation and wonder of the natural world that he felt nothing could capture; that is, until he discovered the camera. The desire to bring these places home led directly to an interest in photography.
Kirk shoots primarily medium-format transparency film, as he believes this medium still creates the highest quality photographic images. He uses two Fuji medium-format cameras because of their heavy duty construction and sharp, high quality lenses. For broader landscapes, he uses a Nobelx 150, a German rotating lens camera that delivers true panoramic images.