Jim's passion for photography centers on his love of untrammeled wild country. Whether searching for warm light in remote canyons on the Colorado Plateau or seeking a vantage point from a high ridge in the Canadian Rockies, his skill in capturing the essence of his subjects reflects his deep reverence for the remote wild corners of North America.
He currently serves as a professional advisor to Outdoor Photographer Magazine and his work has been featured in the Nikon Legends Collection. His photographs have been published in magazines, books, calendars and commercial advertising projects around the world and have appeared in a wide variety of publications including Los Angeles Times Magazine, Nikon World, Time Magazine, Delta Sky, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Outside, Sierra, Newsweek, and Outdoor Photographer. His photographs have also been used by corporate clients including Nikon USA, American Express, AT&T, Visa, Fuji USA, General Mills, The New Zealand Tourism Board, Patagonia, IBM, Fidelity Investments, LL Bean, and The Nature Conservancy.
Jim's photographic journey began in 1972 when he packed up and headed west from a small town in New Jersey to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. He spent his college years combining the demands of school with of joys of exploring the mountains and canyons of his new home in the American West. After receiving a BSME degree in 1980, he hired on at a local design firm but quickly discovered he was smothering in his windowless cubicle. Determined to find a way where he could combine his love of the outdoors with the necessities of earning a living, he decided to pick up a camera and pursue his dream of a career in photography.
For the next two years, every free moment away from his engineering job was devoted to photography. By 1982, he had established enough of a following among magazine photo editors and other photo buyers that he was able to quit his engineering job and pursue his new career on a full-time basis. With enthusiastic determination, Jim began traveling the world, photographing adventure-oriented subjects from the high peaks of the Himalaya to the lush rainforests of New Zealand. He was soon seduced by the beauty of these wild places and by the early 1990s, began to shift his photographic emphasis from adventure to landscape photography where he continues to concentrate his efforts today. His landscape images have been displayed in the US Capitol Building, museums around the West, and in private collections around the world. Between time spent in the field, he also teaches a series of workshops where he shares some of his favorite photographic locations around the West.
Jim lives in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah with his wife Susie who works with him on many aspects of their photography business.