I grew up in a small town in southern Wisconsin where I developed a passionate interest in nature and the outdoors. In 1981, after high school, I set my sights on Alaska, seeking adventure in a wilderness landscape along with a university education in Fairbanks. Following graduation, I combined my childhood love of the visual arts and outdoor interests to forge a career as a freelance nature photographer. Now in my fourth decade of exploring and photographing Alaska, its epic landscape continues to lure me both personally as an observer and professionally as an artist.
My Alaska is revealed in the 30,000+ images that define my photographic career. The pictures tell a small part of a larger story, one of a curious student in nature’s grand classroom. Along this personal and professional journey of life and art, I’m continually reminded that the gift of seeing requires more than the eyes that see.
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“Eventually, I found my way back to the arts and turned my amateur photography aspirations toward a professional career. Looking back, I see my journey in the title of Harry Chapin’s song “All My Life’s a Circle” since I ended up working in the arts, nature, and photography which was where I felt the most at home in my youth.” read more »
I shared a little about my life and work with Denise Porter during an interview for a story in Ruralite Magazine.
“I think the body of my collective photography work does have a voice about me,” he reflects. “I think it would reveal that I value and really appreciate the natural world and natural beauty. It engenders a sense of body and stewardship, of life on this planet, yes, and of other people as well.” read more »
After a multi-decade photography career, Patrick is one of Alaska’s most published nature photographers. He is recognized for his extensive imagery of Alaska’s natural world, and a strong blend of technical and creative excellence.
His work has appeared in National Wildlife, USA Today, Time, Sierra, Natural History, Audubon, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, The Washington Post, Newsweek, National Geographic Explorer, Outside, and numerous other books, magazines, and publications. In 2003, he was featured in The World’s Top Photographers: Landscape.
2923 Moose Mountain Road
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709