About The Photographer

Les Barstow

My first memorable photograph was taken in the Badlands - a scarlet sun sinking over eroded rock formations. That picture was taken with a Kodak 110 pocket camera - I was 15 at the time, on a high school geology trip through the West. Since then I've gone through four cameras, but I have never changed my photographic goals of capturing the majesty of nature.

Nature has always held a strong place in my heart. For me it opens a window to the Divine - full of inspiration and wonder. It is enduring, ever-changing, and fragile all at the same time. Nature invites you to explore - to expand your horizons. It evokes the best of emotions, and urges you to reach out beyond the mundane. I hope that my artwork will inspire you to reach out to that sense of wonder, and to renew and extend our commitments to keep the special places in this world safe for future generations to enjoy.

These special places are in need of our protection. Even marble floors become grooved with the passing of many feet. Our parks are heavily burdened, and our wild places not well protected. In addition to hopefully inspiring you to help keep these places for the future, I will personally donate 20% of the after-tax profits from my photography to protect and enhance these sites, so that future generations may enjoy these scenes just as we can today.

I began collecting images for professional use in 2002, and set up my first art booth at my local county fair two years later. My photos can be seen in the Capitol Reef National Park brochure and on the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website, as well as at art galleries and shops around the Gilpin County area. Several of my images have won awards at juried art events; most recently the 2015 Gilpin County Arts Association Juried Gallery Show awarded third place to my image Inner Wave. I have been a part of displays at the Colorado State Capitol and the Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center with the online group Rocky Mountain Nature Photographers.net, and I am proud to have several "Hot Spot" articles on the RMNP.Net website. I still maintain a local presence at the Gilpin County Fair and other local events, and am expanding to larger events - see the Events page for a current list. I live in unincorporated Gilpin County, Colorado.

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Copyright 2002-2015
Leslie M. Barstow III