A native of the East Coast and graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, Keith S. Walklet traded a daily commute (from Connecticut to New York City) and most of his belongings, for a camera and motorcycle, with which he explored the continental U.S. and Alaska. Arriving in Yosemite National Park in 1984 "for one winter," he set about documenting its grand scenes and subtle beauty first with 35 mm, then 6x7 cm and 4x5 field cameras.
The "one winter" became fourteen years and his responsibilities
shifted from polishing porcelain (his first park job) to polishing press releases
and overseeing interpretive programs for the primary park concessioner. Living
and working in the park provided Keith an opportunity to thoroughly explore
the Yosemite region with his camera. Over time he has demonstrated an uncanny
ability to anticipate and capture the spectacular atmospheric phenomena definitive
of the alpine landscape.
Keith now works full time as a photographer and writer; he and his wife operate QuietWorks Photography out of their Boise, Idaho home. Since moving to Boise in 1999, he has taken advantage of its central location to continue his exploration of the West's scenic beauty. Walklet's work has appeared in publications such as Audubon calendars, Backpacker magazine and National Geographic books. His first book "Yosemite, An Enduring Treasure" was published by The Yosemite Association in 2001. His second book, "The Ahwahnee, Yosemite's Grand Hotel," was published in 2004. A selection of Charles’ images are featured in the new book First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite’s Wilderness.
We have autographed copies of "First Light" for sale at Sun to Moon Gallery.
"I have been fortunate throughout most of my life to be surrounded by the beauty of the natural world. My appreciation for its wonders was nurtured by my parents, framed through the vision of traditional artists--including landscape photographers--and amplified by experiences with my closest friends."
"For over twenty years, that has meant creating "traditional" color landscape photographs, though more recently I've enjoyed exploring a wider range of techniques and approaches to my subjects. The resulting journalistic and painterly imagery represents a diverse selection of emotionally rich moments, from the serenity of a mountain pool, to the drama of a thunderstorm, to the joy and energy I recall from my own youth, investigating the world around me."
"My hope is that these visual reminders serve as the catalyst that propels the viewer physically and mentally to appreciate, and likewise, discover the world around them."
Sun to Moon Gallery
1515 Levee Street
Dallas, TX 75207
Keith S. Walklet