Artist Statement -
Raising awareness of Earth's beauty and fragility, through image-making, education and partnership in an effort to help every person enjoy nature, where they find it. This is at the heart of what I do at Patrick Aalto Photography.
Not everyone has the access or means to get outside to iconic locations. Not everyone has the desire to wake up at 3:00am, to be cold, to be rained on, to be muddy, to swim with alligators, to be stung, bitten in order to create an image. Yet, everyone has the right to enjoy a healthy and intact natural world, whether that is found in a city park or at rugged, wild and wilderness areas. My driving force has always been to photograph images of our natural world, and share with those who may not have the access or desire themselves, to bring nature to you. I want to share with you, the beauty of nature both for your enjoyment, and, hopefully inspire you to take notice of our amazing natural world and the importance of green places and wild animals.
The outdoors is for all people and I hope I can excite you to imagine, share and inspire others to care for our natural world, from our backyards to the great parks we might have the privilege and pleasure of visiting, and everyplace in between.
Photography has been a part of my outside life since I was in middle School. My first exposure to photography was shooting underwater photos in the Florida Keys with an Ikelite Aquashot. I learned a lot about taking not-so-great photos, yet, feeling great excitement to share the stories of my adventures. I started, in earnest, to take photography serious in 1998. Since then, I have traveled and stayed local, wherever that was, to explore and find great things to photograph in nature.
Instruction Experience -
I have been teaching photography since 2007, to help others develop skills they might want, to better tell their stories and inspire others. And so on it goes...
2007-2010, Photography instructor to at-risk-youth, while working at a boarding school in Idaho and Costa Rica.
2013-2019, Photography instructor with REI Outdoor Programs in Portland, Oregon.
Present Day, Instructor for Patrick Aalto Photography; partner instructor with Mount St Helens Institute
Publications and Competitions -
1999 - Lee County Library Photo Contest - The first competition I had ever entered and I won second:)
2001 - Creative Photo Imaging Contest - Gallery showing, two images as 3 feet by 4 feet prints
2006 - Photographers Forum - Best of Photography image selection
2011 - Member and presenter at a now shuttered photography collective in Portland, Oregon
2013 - Frame Central: Pearl - Selection for display of work for marketing
2020 - Underwater Photography Awards - Honorable Mention
January 2021 - Black Box Gallery - Black and White photo contest image selection for gallery showing
February 2021, Black box Gallery - Vision: Shadow and Light contest image selection for gallery showing
October 2021, Black box Gallery - Photo Shoot: 2021 contest image selection for main gallery showing
May 2022, Blackbox Gallery - Framed: Trees and Water contest image selection for gallery showing
- Patrick Aalto
What's in the bag -
Canon 5D MkII
Canon Rebel XSi
Canon AE-1 (Film)
In the Water