Bio - Mitch Warnick Photography

A Little About Me

“When the earth is sick and polluted, human health is impossible…. To heal ourselves we must heal our planet, and to heal our planet we must heal ourselves.” ~Bobby McLeod

There was no primary ‘ah-ha’ moment that catalyzed my photographic interest, per se. One day I picked up my parents’ old Pentax SLR and quite literally felt the power—the way a writer may feel holding a pen, or Luke Skywalker felt when handed his first lightsaber. You get the idea. From that moment on, photography has been my most valuable tool in communicating and storytelling. My favorite story: wild nature—it’s beauty at face value, but also the experience of being immersed in it.

As I look back on my early childhood, I don’t see playgrounds and soccer games, although there were many, but rather campsites, National Parks, National Forests, Wilderness Areas and a mental slideshow of the diverse natural beauty our nation has to offer. Multiple times throughout my childhood we, as a family, set out on multi-week road-trips throughout the deserts of the Southwest, the central Rockies, and the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Experiencing these places in this way was more life-shaping rather than life-changing. I was too young to have an opinion on the wilderness, and our access to it, so this was the base—the control in the experiment of life.

These experiences play a direct role in my passion as a photographer. As I alluded to before, I aim to re-inspire our cultural connection to our wild places. Without this connection to Earth, what are we doing here in the first place? There is an unfortunate trend I see in the perception of what the outdoors is for, these days. A priority focus has been placed on extreme (and often expensive) activities, often times omitting the concept of simply ‘being’ in nature. While these activities are fun, they place a perceivable exclusive barrier on what it means to connect with nature. My goal is to re-kindle our ability to enjoy the outdoors in whatever way we see fit—so long as we are also responsible stewards of the land.

You know the saying; a picture is worth 1,000 words…