In my pre-photography (and pre-biologist) days, I stumbled upon some of Frank Grisdale‘s prints in an art gallery at the Banff Springs Hotel. I had never before seen nature photography that wasn’t documentary. Especially in Alberta, where everything is so photogenic – the vast prairie skies, the imposing grizzly bears, the awesome mountains. Frank’s work had a subtlety, a softness, an impressionist style that I found truly unique, and absolutely beautiful. Looking back on it a couple of decades later, I suppose he might be one of my first inspirations, almost a mentor (though we’ve never met). I have yet to define my own style, but his technique and perspective gave me the idea that photography is as much an art as a skill, and there are many ways to capture nature’s beauty, not all of them being through realism.
Check out his work here: www.frankgrisdale.com