My love of natural places and their wild
inhabitants stretches back as long as I can remember. Growing
up, I spent countless hours wandering the mountains and streams
of northwestern North Carolina. That interest was rekindled and
strengthened in adulthood when my then five-year old son and
I began what has evolved into a 20-plus year backpacking partnership.
Like backpacking, photography encourages
a slower, more observant pace; I find the two interests imminently
compatible. Over time, photography became the primary focus of
my time outdoors, but only later in life did I begin to market
the results of my photographic efforts.
Though I have photographed in many corners
of the US, my work is concentrated on the southern Appalachian
Mountains in general and the Blue Ridge region in particular.
Regardless of the geographic area, however, all my photography
is driven by two primary goals. First, I seek to accurately and
faithfully record natural places and share them, through my photographs,
with others. More importantly, I hope to inspire at least some
viewers of my images to a greater appreciation of and concern
for those few wild or largely unspoiled places that still exist.
I firmly believe that the quality of human
existence would be significantly diminished if we had no wild
places to experience, no wild creatures to observe. I hope that
my photography helps to encourage further preservation of those
places by providing others the opportunity to view images of
-D Rex Miller