Artist Biography

Gary Piper is a fine art photographer who primarily photographs public lands and wilderness areas in Colorado. Born in Upstate New York (1950) on the southern edge of the Adirondack Mountains, he first developed his love for nature photography while photographing the Moose River in the Adirondacks. Using his father’s darkroom he learned that great photography requires skills in composition, exposure and processing in a darkroom. Gary pursued photography as a hobby until 2005 when he received his first digital camera. Self-taught, he started working in the digital world. In 2007 he moved to Tabernash located in the Rocky Mountians. Here the beauty of the mountains re-ignited his passion for photography. Gary started photographing the Indian Peak Wilderness Area, Byers Peak wilderness area and Rocky Mountain National Park. Several of the local gallery owners encouraged him to enter the Alpine Art Afair, a juried show. Encouraged by his successes in this show he began moving from hobby to professional photographer. In 2008 and 2009 Gary had the opportunity to photograph the area around Pituffik Airport, located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 947 mi from the North Pole on the northwest side of the island of Greenland. There he photographed the fall, last light, winter, first light and summer. In April Gary traveled on a dog sled with an Inuit guide photographing icebergs frozen in the Artic Ocean. By 2010 Gary became known as a nature photographer in Grand County Colorado and has since expedited in several galleries, resort clubs, and real estate offices. He continues to enter juried art shows with great success. Gary’s interest in sharing his photography skills motivated him to start the Alpenglow Photography Club serving Grand County, Colorado. Currently he is the current president of the club as well as orography instructor. An environmentalist Gary donates 20% of his profit to charitable organizations that support wilderness areas, thus creating a mission to enhance public awareness of wilderness areas and the preservation of them

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