In the Step Up Gallery in October, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the photography of Garrett Cotham in an exhibit titled On Trail: Images from Hiking Trails of the American West.
The images in On Trail are part of a large, ongoing project that reflects Garrett’s desire to explore the natural world, especially wild and undeveloped areas. “I have become an avid hiker,” he states, “and often find myself exploring these places alone, developing a sense of wonder, awe, and tranquility as I take in these scenes. I try to evoke a sense of quiet and solitude in my photographs, as well as inspire viewers to explore and learn as much about our world as possible. I hope that viewers will feel as though they are in the places that I depict in my photographs, experiencing the actual location with their own senses, and developing their own memories and emotions of that place.”
Garrett Cotham grew up in Northern California, spending much of his childhood roaming the hills of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sierra Nevada mountains. After discovering his passion for photography in high school, he continued his photographic education at UC Davis, studying photography and fine art as well as working in professional photo labs. For the past decade he has worked as a freelance photographer, specializing in travel, landscape, outdoor adventure, culinary, and documentary photography, while also exhibiting his personal work in galleries. His website is garrettcotham.com.
Garrett Cotham: Needles District, Canyonlands National Park
Garrett Cotham: Emerald Pool Waterfall, Zion National Park