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"Mesa Arch" (Canyonlands National Park) Fine Art Archival Print "Mesa Arch" (Canyonlands National Park) Fine Art Archival Print

"Mesa Arch" (Canyonlands National Park) Fine Art Archival Print

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Sunrise sets an arch aglow at this little known site in Southern Utah... Alright, I'm totally kidding. This is Mesa Arch, an icon of the American Southwest and one of the most photographed locations in the world. Every single morning dozens (possibly hundreds?) of photographers crowd around this small stone arch and wait for this very scene to unfold. So in that, this image is not unique. But I'm still proud of it. It was taken on a trip that proved a turning point for me, one where I pushed beyond my own comfort zone and stepped into experiences that allowed professional and personal growth. I fought off struggles with social anxiety and general lack of confidence to travel to California and take part in my first nature photography workshop with Gary Hart, a professional who I'd admired for years. I learned a lot during that workshop, but perhaps most important was seeing for myself that in the world of high level nature photography, I in fact do belong. I sat with Gary one evening at dinner and got the chance to ask his opinion on "trophy shots." Trophies in landscape photography are the well-known iconic scenes- incredible, spectacular, beautiful images, but are exceedingly popular and in many cases kind of a low hanging fruit. These locations are usually easily accessible, offer an obvious composition, and provide enough grandeur to overcome any creative shortcomings. Some photographers build their entire careers on them, but wanting to make my own mark I was struggling with the decision even to shoot them at all. Gary reeled me in a bit, reminded that as nature photographers our job is to shoot and share the beauty to be found in this world, and it was okay to allow ourselves the pleasure of these experiences and to even have our go at the classic compositions. He just advised not to fill my portfolio with them, and in addition to the expected angles to always try and find new and creative ways to put my own twist on the scene. (This was reassuring, as it was the approach I'd taken earlier on the same trip at Colorado's famous Maroon Bells.) I'd been intrigued by Mesa Arch, but honestly before this conversation I'd almost talked myself out of going there. Both in worry that my efforts would seem unoriginal, and also out of intimidation. I'd heard horror stories about this place- that shooting here can turn into an absolute mob scene. (I did in fact have a very minor issue with another photographer who tried to bully me out of position, which I'll write more of in a blog post coming soon.) But ultimately I decided to detour down to Moab on my way home from the workshop, and I'm glad I did. I put all of my skills to use, most importantly my drive and new found confidence, to get out and not only capture this shot, but experience this moment. Sunrise here is an absolutely magical event and one of those that I hope everybody will enjoy at least once in their lifetime. It has a certain primordial dawn of time appeal as breaking light sweeps the scene to reveal stark color and contours across the desert expanse. If you go be courteous, be patient, expect lots of company; but know that the vast majority have come from all over the world to revel in this same moment of beauty, which is pretty special in itself. Show up with the right attitude and it will be an experience you'll never forget. A final note- while easily recognizable to some I've also had the honor of introducing this scene to many people who had not been aware of it before seeing my photo. I've had it literally stop people in their tracks at Midwestern art shows and elicit endless questions and "Wow's!" Sharing such inspirational examples of natures majesty is very much for me what this is all about- showing people places that exist that they had never dreamed of; opening their minds to wonder and hearts to the natural world. In a lot of ways this photo, this moment, has proven pivotal in my career. Not necessarily for advancement of technical skill or originality, but in the philosophical development and intangible lessons that have come from contemplation and reflections that continue to this day. This piece is available as a traditional Silver Halide archival print, a fine art Chromaluxe metal, or top of the line, museum-quality Lumachrome HD Acrylic presentation. Please feel free to message me for further information on each of these mediums.I'm more than happy to visit with you and answer any questions that you have to assist in pairing you with the perfect piece of artwork. Contact me through the message tab below, and I will respond just as soon as I can. Once a selection is made, you can purchase by clicking on your choice of size and medium below. Thanks for looking!

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Please allow 2-3 weeks for production and delivery of traditional and metal prints. Due to heavy demand for the medium and the intricate handcrafted skill involved, Lumachrome HD Acrylic pieces may take up to 4-5 weeks.

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Josh

Thank you so much for visiting my site. My name is Josh Meier and I'm a writer and photographer with a passion for the great outdoors. Specializing in nature, landscape and conservation photography I strive, through these images, to share stories of places that fill our hearts with awe and wonder. From the subtle beauty of the Midwest to high Rocky Mountain crags and beloved National Parks, I love to explore and advocate for the protection of our natural world, and my truest hope is to inspire others to do the same. Please have a look around, and don't hesitate to contact me any time with any questions at all.

Josh Meier Photography

The magic of photography lies in its ability to immortalize a special moment captured in time. I am in love with this medium and throw my heart behind any opportunity to share the enchantment I feel and find while chasing light and immersed in the beauty of nature. Beyond the field, I also believe strongly in the power of a photo to inspire. It can spark conversation, evoke memories or emotion, and set an ambiance of peace and calm. Nature photography allows us to honor the deep, spiritual connection we maintain with the natural world, bringing it into our businesses and homes where it becomes a backdrop for our lives. It is with great pride that I offer my unique vision in creating luxurious works of fine art, meticulously handcrafted and of impeccable standard, in celebration of this world we hold dear. Thank you for looking. Please don't hesitate to message me with any questions at all, and feel free to visit my website at joshmeierphotography.com to view my complete portfolio.

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