Josh is an award-winning fine art nature photographer based out of Chicago, Illinois. He creates compelling photographs of the natural world through a unique vision, eye for composition, and skilled use of color. This unique vision and his rare determination are very much a result of his childlike curiosity when it comes to interacting with the natural world.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Josh took many walks and bike rides at local parks, spending hours tramping around the ponds; fishing for bluegills, catching dragonflies and bumblebees, and examining the seasonal plants. This is where his curiosity and love for nature was born.
In his mid-teens, Josh continued to cultivate his love for nature through lens of a camera. He developed an eye for photography rather quickly, making the most of even the simplest photo equipment at his disposal. Living in a largely urban environment, Josh learned to capture the profound beauty in even the smallest natural areas that he experienced. Josh went on to complete an Associates Degree in Photography from College of DuPage, and Bachelors degree in communications from Moody Bible Institute.
Over the years, Josh has developed a sizeable portfolio of images that celebrate the beauty of creation. His images are often described as joyful, which reflects his mission to return the viewer to a sense of delighting in the beauty of creation. The photographs that he creates utilize digital technology, but undergo only minor adjustments, like those that would be done in a traditional chemical darkroom. The image quality and unique colors that he achieves in-camera are a testament to his determination and knowledge of the natural world.
Josh’s photography has brought him to many incredible locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, and he considers himself blessed for having those opportunities. Josh especially enjoys photographing in extreme conditions, when many other photographers choose to stay at home. He is at his happiest when winter conditions are at their coldest, and can be found trudging through mosquito-infested swamps before dawn, in search of an illusive summer dragonfly.
Josh hopes that his photography will inspire that viewer As a beautiful piece of artwork, yes, but more so, as a conduit for encouraging the viewer to delight in the beauty of creation. To take joy in our natural wonders, both big and small.