2013 westward ho! 1/?

Hello world,
I am not suer where to start this post. I guess I will start at the beginning.

About a month and a half ago I set out on a 15 day journey that would take me 6,256 miles, through 11 states, past several windmills, 5 horses and a cowboy . With the hall pass from my wife and son I set out with no particular place to be. (Well, I did need to show up at WPPI in Las Vegas and do 3 seminars for Nikon. But besides that…free as a bird. ) A couple times a year I need to shake up the globe and see where the snow is fallin. See things unexpected. Meet people I would have never met. I have to go out and make images for my soul. I have to find my center again. The lecture I gave for nikon started out something like this…

“My name is Parker J Pfister. I am a photographer. I am not a wedding , portrait, commercial, fine art or landscape photographer. I am a photographer. I eat it, breathe it and sleep it. But most of all I dream it. I believe a photograph can still change the world. I believe photography is still an art form not a commodity. I believe that images are made in the mind long before we pick the camera up. And I believe a successful photograph begs more questions than answers. I believe that I will make a photograph that will mean something more to someone than I could ever imagine. And I believe I will make that image through having direction, faculty and curiosity. But I am sure that Curiosity drives this train.”

I believe that curiosity is the best tool in a photographers bag. What does it look like from down there? What happens when I stack 21 stops of ND filters to the lens? How will the film/chip respond to 30 minutes of exposure time? What is over the next hill? Why is that cop following me? What state am I in? Am I going to jail? Shit, I pray its Colorado!

This will be a multi day post so stay tuned for tomorrows installment. Not a lot of letters but a lot of memories in image form.

These are in complete random order. I was going to categorizing them into different levels of volume from silent to screaming but who am I to tell you the volume of an image.

No real techie notes for these images either. It just doesn’t matter.  They where made with a big camera and a smaller camera.

Keep on clickin’

parker j


Angels Landing Zion NP


Bryce Canyon NP and Ravens


Texas Windmills


Upper Antelope Canyon Page, AZ


self portrait with Stars at Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico


Cloud factory Page,AZ


Zabriskie Point Death Valley NP, CA


Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Death Valley NP,CA


Badwater Death Valley NP,CA


Zion NP, UT


Bryce Canyon NP, UT


Arizona road to nowhere


Filtered Lower Antelope Canyon Page, AZ


Calm day at the cloud factory


Spire and Horse Monument Valley area, AZ


Zabriskie Point Death Valley NP, CA


Zabriskie Point Death Valley NP, CA


Arizona Highway to Monument Valley


Chairs at the best damn fish taco’s I have ever had! Whiptail Grill in Springdale, UT! Get Some


Borax mine in Death Valley



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  • neal carpenter - April 15, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    Simply amazing. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • David Esquire - April 15, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    Once again – you totally rock & inspire me to continue to push myself creatively!ReplyCancel

  • [ b ] - April 15, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    You are simply the best. A modern day Ansel Adams… but with an edge!ReplyCancel

  • tim pham - April 15, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    What a breathe taking series! Amazing collection!ReplyCancel

  • LeiLani @ Elle Golden Photography - April 15, 2013 - 6:36 pm

    Incredible images. So glad Neal linked these on FB. Absolutely jaw-dropping.ReplyCancel

  • Andy Pigsley - April 15, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    ParkerJ no joke, I got chills from your latest entry. Again I find myself saying thank you. Thank you for reminding me that during our journey there are many wonderful and amazing things to be see and experience. I find myself again challenged with circumstances not of my wishing and certainly beyond my control. But on this new path, I take with me your words and images to remind myself to appreciate the beauty that surrounds me and to look at things from an different angle.ReplyCancel

  • Corey - April 15, 2013 - 7:02 pm

    Amazing Parker! Abbie and I enjoyed running into you and Cliff at Zion. CoreyReplyCancel

  • Marc - April 15, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    Bitch’n images Parker.ReplyCancel

  • Tony Bisson - April 15, 2013 - 7:31 pm

    It sure is a beautiful land.ReplyCancel

  • Richard Israel - April 15, 2013 - 8:36 pm

    Well, you know what I think of these utterly brilliant, breathtaking photographs!!!ReplyCancel

  • ottoschulze - April 15, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    utterly beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • mom - April 15, 2013 - 10:30 pm

    absolutly the best!ReplyCancel

  • Robert H Carney - April 15, 2013 - 11:12 pm

    Man what a set! In more ways than one! Really awesome work…ReplyCancel

  • Matthew Smith - April 15, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    Holy Hell. I am speechless. What beauty you have captured in the way that only you can. Truly Astounding!ReplyCancel

  • Paul Gero - April 16, 2013 - 10:53 am

    Wonderful work Parker!ReplyCancel

  • paul edward robison - April 16, 2013 - 11:56 am

    I’m taking a 12 day trip through Southern Utah, starting next week. You both inspire me — and intimidate me:-) As Becker says: Ansel with an edge. Great work.ReplyCancel

  • Nick Adams - April 16, 2013 - 12:06 pm

    Why is that cop following me? Beautiful, amazing images, Parker.ReplyCancel

  • Rob Villetto - April 16, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    Amazing work. My favorite was badwater in bw.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Odom - April 16, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Crazy amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Piotr - April 16, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    simply amazing, can’t find words to express thatReplyCancel

  • Joe - April 16, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    Holy crap.

    That is all.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Vibert - April 16, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    Your journey away is the best dope ever. Thank you so much for sharing the high.ReplyCancel

  • Janet McDonald - April 18, 2013 - 7:18 am

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful. The talent you have is God given. You are an amazing talented person.
    I think you should move up to the best photographer in the world.
    Your mama is sure proud of you. Her eyes just sparkle when she talks about you.ReplyCancel

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