Adventures in imagery
What: Kulshan Artist Series with Jeremiah Doehne
When: 6 pm Fri., Jan. 10
Where: K2 Brewery, 1538 Kentucky St.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
In many of Jeremiah Doehne’s photographs that will be on display during an opening reception for a Kulshan Artist Series exhibit taking place Fri., Jan. 10 at Bellingham’s K2 Brewery, intrepid athletes are intimately involved with the scenery surrounding them.
The brave souls depicted in the stunning shots are scaling mountains, rappelling off blue-green sheets of ice, descending from rocky outcroppings and generally showcasing their aptitude for adventure in vistas around the Pacific Northwest—including the Mt. Baker, Shuksan, and North Cascades region, as well as the Canadian Rockies and British Columbia.
As the staff photographer for Baker Mountain Guides, Doehne says he leans on the guides, as well as his own experience and comfort level, to stay safe when capturing images on his Sony a7R II camera.
“My main goal, above the photography objective, is to not jeopardize the safety of the crew, clients or surrounding teams,” he says. “There’s usually ways to shoot in most situations. However, there are times when I just need to say, ‘We’ll need to find another opportunity.’”
Doehne is also aware that exploring high-altitude wilderness areas goes hand-in-hand with stewarding them. In addition to having taken courses in Leave No Trace principles, wilderness medicine, rescue and safety, he makes sure he’s not an increased liability to the team and others. Keeping the camp clean, bringing trash and human waste back with him, and leaving the environment he occupies how he found it is important to his worldview, and something he’s continuously improving upon.
When it comes to producing a stellar photograph, Doehne says he knows he’s accomplished his goal when it resonates with his emotions and feels intense, creative and honest. The action shots he takes are often activities he’s also engaged in, so he’s in tune to how human bodies might be responding in the moment the shutter clicks.
“I know how I felt when the adrenaline kicks in, when my body is filled with nerves, when my mind is racing,” he says. “I want to feel something like that in a capture. If I can feel it, then I believe most people will feel it. That’s what I want. I want people to feel it.”
Although his day job is as a manager of a computer sciences team for a tech firm in Denver, Doehne currently works remotely from Bellingham, where he’s consistently appreciative of the opportunities available for outdoor and adventure-minded people—whether they’re climbers, mountain bikers or those who gravitate to bodies of water.
“I feel like whatever you’re into, you have, nearly at your fingertips,” he says. “If you’re a photographer, living in the Pacific Northwest means you have to opportunity to shoot pretty much whatever outdoor adventures you’re having, or want to have.”
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