Photography by Steve Lathan
Thank you for stopping by my Smugmug account to see my pictures. My interest in photography goes back a long ways. I remember like it was yesterday seeing a picture of my father as a young man standing next to his 1927 Harley Davidson. I never knew what my father looked like as a young man since he had me much later in life when he was 41 years old. It was then and there that I realized the power of one picture. It was years later that I bought my first film camera an Olympus Om1n. A camera I still have and one that works fine. Off I went to learn about aperture, composition and exposure . It was more difficult to learn back then because you exposed a roll of film and then had to wait to get it developed to see what you had done. I also developed an insatiable appetite for learning about photography.
I fell in love with landscape photography due to its over powering raw beauty. I subscribed to Popular Photography and up until they went out of business read them from cover to cover. What a great resource they were. It was a long journey to get to where I am now in feeling comfortable with my pictures. I of course embraced the digital era with enthusiasm when it came along yet was thankful I learned with film because it forced me to learn if I wanted to progress.
John Muir the great naturalist worked as a young man in a factory and suffered an eye injury. He almost lost his eyesight and made a promise to himself . If he recovered his vision he would never go back and he didn't. He walked out that door and took a 1000 mile hike into the natural world. He said " Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." I seriously believe that, I do. My home has pictures all over and I find they feed my soul. Actually a picture can and should speak something new to you every day. Get out to a forest or park and see what awaits you. Remember to protect, love and care for our natural world.