Zach Hessler, Loa, Utah Member Since April 2008 Artist Statement My approach to photography is one of increasing gratitude. As a nature photographer, it is clear to me that the subjects I photograph are gifts. This is relatively obvious, yet the deeper I explore life, the more I realize that my abilities to see, experience, and photograph these subjects are also gifts.
The creation of art, or anything for that matter, to me isn't an art deriving from will but more one coming from creating space within oneself and allowing the gifts of nature to arise in that space. I am not perfect in this so this is my practice. I see my ego arising in art all the time and this practice helps keep it in check.
Currently I split my photographic efforts between charity projects and saving money to go to graduate school for counseling. Someday, I hope all proceeds will be able to go towards projects for the betterment of the world and the beings in it, my way of expressing gratitude for all the gifts I've been given.