About Steve Upton

The sheer joy photography has brought to my life came only after a long career in the construction world. In that other realm, I was fortunate to design and build some incredible commercial venues and magnificent private homes for highly creative and imaginative clients. Subtle textures often overlaid minute details to create intricate patterns, all of which had to please the eye from every possible angle. The artistic challenges sometimes seemed insurmountable, but we always found a way to marry aesthetic vision with the physical realities of the three dimensions. I ate, drank and slept my career until retirement. Fortunately, a very intelligent woman, my wife, informed me that I shouldn’t plan on coming home without first finding another meaningful mission in life.

That mission came to me on an adventure to Antarctica in 2007. I purchased some rather nice photographic equipment prior to the journey and had started to teach myself how to use it. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. In some ways, I had suddenly stepped into a parallel universe where texture, detail, color and light ruled once again. I was saved! For without these familiar and comforting connections, my original career might have summoned me back very quickly.

I am very appreciative to have begun this new journey in the era of maturing digital photography. I have been able to learn and grow in a fashion unimaginable in the days of film. The opportunity to shoot literally hundreds of thousands of digital images has helped to vastly improve my technique in a very condensed time frame. And only the ‘delete’ button has to know how knowledge is actually acquired in this craft. For me, photography is about stopping long enough to capture the little details of life that others just might pass on by.



8 responses

  1. Roger

    Website looks great Steve……I’ve got it saved as one of my favorites on my computer now !!! Congratulations on your new direction and good luck !!!!!

    September 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  2. Melissa Anderson

    Hi Steve!
    It’s Melissa Anderson (from the Gerlach Summer Workshop). I have been trying to locate you to let you know that I will be joining the Kenya Workshop in September, 2014. Maybe you could advise me about what to expect? Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing you again and knowing someone else on the trip! Your Kenya collection is awesome – Can’t wait to create one of my own.

    November 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    • That is terrific. You are going to have so much fun. I haven’t got email addresses from the Gerlachs yet so don’t know how to stay in touch. I think I will call and bug them so we can converse. Nice to hear we will be traveling together!

      November 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm

  3. Melissa Anderson

    I have your email address because I called Michele and got it from her. I’ve tried sending you two different emails, but they must have gone into your spam box. My email is: northolemelissa@gmail.com. Since I can’t seem to contact you, email me!

    November 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  4. downtowngal

    Steve, You have a real talent for nature photography. It must be such fun for you to capture these great images! Becky

    March 9, 2014 at 5:51 am

    • Thanks Becky. It gives me such a great reason for getting up every morning hoping to catch something unusual and then share it with my friends.

      March 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

  5. John Watling

    The images you have captured in your retirement from your construction career are beautiful and for me inspirational. It was nice to run into you at the Apple Store and hear of your photographic journeys. I wish you many great adventures ahead.

    April 21, 2015 at 11:22 am

  6. Hi Steve;
    Congratulations on an exceptional exhibit. If I didn’t mention this before, on your next excursion to the Pacific Northwest check out Neah Bay, Washington. It’s the most northwestern point of the continental US and is teeming with wildlife. Have been salmon fishing there twice & caught my limit. While my Navy buddy was scuba diving for sea bass, lingcod (and a fugly wolf eel-which we ate) I was topside enjoying the views. Saw breeching whales, Stellar sea lions in the bull kelp, & watched an American Bald Eagle swoop and catch a salmon in it’s talons. (Wish I had a witness!). Heading south you can check out Tattoosh Island which has a Coast Guard outpost and closeby a large rock formation where Stellar Seal ions abound. It’s ironically named “Duncan Rock” & the last time I was there I tossed in a 1/2 dollar and my friend and I toasted Grandfather (“Beats eating alone!”). Hope all is well with you and the family (take care of that back). Talk to you soon. Steve

    October 10, 2015 at 6:12 pm

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