About Jack Brauer
I live in
Ouray, Colorado, in the heart of the mighty San Juan Mountains. (Actually in 2015 my wife Claudia and I moved to
Butte in the Elk Mountains of Colorado!) Though my passion for the mountains long
preceded my passion for photography, I have found that photography
often provides the motivation to explore places I might not usually hike to, in weather I might not usually prefer to hike in, at times of day that I might usually rather be sleeping. The result is
that my photography takes me to spectacular scenes I might not witness otherwise, and I hope to share these scenes with others through my photos and prints.
I make most of my photographs in remote wilderness areas, usually backpacking for many miles and oftentimes bushwhacking through the woods to explore places where no trails exist. For me the joy of photography is intertwined with the joy of immersing myself in nature, and the challenges of photography are inseparable from the challenges of traveling through the mountains on my own two feet.
In my opinion it doesn't get much better than relaxing next to an alpine lake, surrounded by towering mountains and wide views. One goal of my photography is to record and communicate some of those moments of paradise in nature. Also more generally, I want to show the purity, grandeur and unique character of mountains and perhaps inspire people to experience and respect the remaining wilderness.
I first started playing with cameras while I was in college at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where I graduated with a BA in Fine Arts Printmaking (mostly intaglio, but also lithography, woodcuts, and screenprinting). Since moving on to photography, my photos been collected by print customers in all of the lower 48 United States and a dozen countries, and have been published worldwide in numerous magazines, calendars, and other publications for organizations including National Geographic Traveler, Alpinist, Backpacker Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Lonely Planet Magazine, Sojourns Magazine, 5280 Magazine, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, The Trust for Public Land, Wilderness Workshop, Apple Computers, and many more.
I recently wrote an extensive article on PhotographyLife.com called Originality in the Grand Landscape, in which I explain my motivations and strategies in mountain photography.
About Jack's Camera Equipment
For years I exclusively used a Tachihara 4x5 large format film wooden field camera, with fixed focal length Schneider and Nikkor lenses. However, my current primary camera system is a Sony A7R 36mp digital camera with Canon tilt/shift prime wideangle lenses and a Contax/Zeiss zoom lens. This camera system offers the convenience of digital workflow while still offering the optical precision of lens movements that I am used to with the large format camera, along with equally excellent image quality and resolution - all at less than half the weight of the 4x5.
For hiking, snowboarding, and other "action" photos, I currently use a Panasonic GF7 camera with 12-32mm pancake lens. I've previously used a Ricoh GR, Fuji X100S, Sigma DP1, and various other Panasonics for these purposes as well.
Beyond the camera gear, you can also see a list of my backpacking gear here.
About Jack's Fine Prints
My fine art prints are Lightjet prints, sometimes referred to as "digital C-prints". These stunning, museum-quality photographs are printed on Fuji Crystal Archive, a luxurious photographic paper with a luster semi-gloss surface finish, resulting in incredibly vibrant colors and high archival ratings.
I also offer several unique archival display options, which are clean and modern-looking alternatives to traditional framing. Duraplaq mounting is my most popular display option - an affordable, glass-free, wood-mounted and UV laminated style which greatly reduces glare and is easy to clean. Another option is my Acrylic-glass mounting, which offers the ultimate in image clarity and vibrancy.
Please see the prints page for more information about the prints and mounting.