It gives me great pleasure to announce that the Xanadu art catalogue has officially been shipped and that my image - MAJESTIC HORIZON - is on the cover. This catalog is filled with SO many beautiful works of art - I'm absolutely astounded and humbled that my work is there alongside all of it. I'd like to thank the good people over at Xanadu for having such excellent taste and reaffirming for me that great photography still has its place in the fine art world.
Majestic Horizon was made this past summer during the monsoon when I went to the Grand Canyon in hopes of capturing a lightning strike. That image never manifested for me but being out in the Grand Canyon is so awesome that, even without epic lightning, I was just happy to be there. The morning I got this image, I woke up well before dawn, made coffee in my van, kissed my wife goodbye and headed for the bus stop. Walking in the dark with my tripod in one hand and coffee in the other and a headlamp on my head... It was an easy guess what I was going to be doing. I boarded the bus with many other people expecting to experience sunrise at the canyon's edge somewhere. What surprised me was that everyone, literally everyone besides me, got off the bus at Mather Point - one stop before where I was intending to go: Yavapai Point. So there I was... Yavapai Point and myself. The morning was waking up and I had this epic view all alone. Maybe it was the emptiness, maybe the vastness of the canyon before me or maybe it was just because I was happy to be where I was doing what I was doing - I was able to just open myself up to the universe in gratitude and let her know that, shot or not shot, epic light or no, I was just happy to be where I was. As the sun came up over the horizon it got blocked by a thin layer of clouds creating a very interesting light on the canyon before me. I happily composed and photographed and re-composed and photographed away until my creative juices were exhausted at which point I packed up my empty coffee cup, finally took my headlamp off my head and put it back in my bag with my camera, collapsed my tripod and headed back to camp for a second cuppa. It wasn't until I arrived back home and was at the computer that I realized I had created such a stunning image. Looking at this shot takes me right back there to that morning - when I was harmony with mother nature and open to receiving all of her blessings and this incredible gift of an image.
When was the last time you experienced unity with mother nature? I'd be interested to know. Leave your comments below.
This image is part of my Ultra Exclusive Edition series and will only have 33 prints made. So hurry hurry!, before it's too late, to own your own copy!