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.