About Jack Brauer
I live in Ridgway, Colorado, at the foot of the mighty San Juan Mountains. 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 wilderness areas, usually while backpacking and often while exploring remote 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 celebrate the purity, grandeur and unique character of different 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, Outdoor Magazine, Lonely Planet Magazine, Sojourns, 5280 Magazine, Cowboys & Indians, The Trust for Public Land, Wilderness Workshop, The Wilderness Society, Weingarten, Apple Computers, and many more.
About Jack's Photography
The driving force behind my photography is a desire to seek out and photograph extraordinary scenes and moments in nature. As you can probably tell from my photo collection, I am drawn to colorful grand landscapes and I love the entire process of finding and photographing unique perspectives -- including researching and scouting out potential photo locations, the experiences and challenges of hiking and backpacking in the wilderness along the way, and the joy of occasionally catching amazing light and photographing the scene I envisioned or maybe a spontaneous scene I didn't expect. I wrote an extensive article on PhotographyLife.com called Originality in the Grand Landscape, in which I explain in more detail my motivations and strategies in mountain photography.
My view is that Nature itself is the ultimate artist, and as a nature photographer my intention is to convey the real beauty of our Earth through my photographs and prints. Therefore it is important to me that the photographs I present are natural renditions of the natural scenes. I do not use artificial digital fakery such as compositing different skies into different scenes, pasting moons, adding light beams, stretching mountain peaks, blending different focal lengths, or dramatically altering the light and color. My photo processing consists mainly of basic adjustments to exposure, contrasts, colors, shadows, and highlights to portray the natural scene with an eye towards clarity and vibrancy.
About Jack's Fine Prints
With excellent color accuracy, vibrant contrast, and high archival ratings, my fine art ink prints display impressive photographic clarity that will last for many decades. I always strive to create the highest-quality prints possible, and these photographic prints are truly impressive with a vibrancy and clarity that makes the images come alive.
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.
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 A7Riii 42mp digital camera with a Sony 24-105mm zoom lens and Canon tilt/shift prime wideangle lenses. 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 a fraction of the weight of the 4x5.
Beyond the camera gear, you can also see a list of my backpacking gear here.
I am a proud member of the Nature First Photography Alliance. Our goal is to help conserve the natural places we love and photograph through wise use, education, outreach, community, and research. If you are a fellow photographer who cares about responsible nature photography, please join us.