“I had never seen a truly iconic image of lightning hitting the high peaks of the Tetons and had envisioned this photo for at least a couple years. With patience and a little luck, the perfect storm finally pushed into the mountains, and I watched the intense clouds brew for several hours before deciding I had a chance of making the shot. It was 2 a.m. and I was the only one around…driving through GTNP was both exhilarating and daunting as all I could see was a wall of blackness fronted by a veil of occasional lightning strikes. These powerful stabs of light were my only gauge of the storm’s progress as it slowly engulfed the Teton Range and headed [straight] toward me.” ~Jeff Diener
There’s another photog in town.
In truth, Jeff Diener has been around Jackson and the Greater Yellowstone region for 12 years, doing very well for himself shooting outdoor and adventure shots for corporate sports clients like Cloudveil, Patagonia and Title Nine, and popular sports journals like Outside, Mens Journal and Backpacker. The work’s been lucrative, but now Diener wants to bond a little more with the world of fine art. And to that end, he’s built a new website, www.jacksonholegallery.com. (On this blog, you’ll find a link to his site under Arts Links.)
There’s something in the water…I’ve not researched it, but if anyone can point to a Jackson Hole sector exercising more entrepreneurial gumption than the arts, I’d like to hear about it.
Diener says his new site offers over 3,000 hand-picked images of Jackson, the Western U.S. and several international destinations. The site is the most recent venue to offer a way for photography lovers to search for new images. Featured galleries and photos guide visitors, and Diener has supplied ways to search for images via keywords and browsing. It’s a full-service photography and social-media connected site.
Diener talks about the inspirations for his work.
“The site has a high-end, well edited collection of landscapes available for fine art print purchase as well as outdoor adventure & active lifestyle pics on tap for stock photo licensing. The locations represented span the western U.S. and the world with a focus on Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park. (The collection) is growing….national parks, national forest lands and outdoor sports including skiing, trail running, backpacking, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, fly fishing, mountain climbing….everything under the sun including walking the dog, horse grooming, cruiser biking and tons of fun lifestyle images.
Conceiving and capturing powerful and soulful moments has been the driving force for my photography and provides the fuel for new work. I’ve spent the past fifteen years traveling the western U.S. and the world making iconic adventure sport and active lifestyle images for commercial clients.
Allan Bard once wrote that ‘there is a lure to the backcountry, to the unexplored, that is like the magnetic draw of the Promised Land to a wandering pilgrim.’ Whether deep in a wilderness river canyon or planning locations for an upcoming shoot in the jungles of Thailand, I’ve always felt that draw. My hope is that the images I create give a window into the incredible beauty of wild places, my “Promised Land”, and that this imagery gives the inspiration for others to pursue stunning locales and memorable moments whenever possible.”