I am entirely self-taught and have never taken any formal training. My photographic journey started as a teenager, with a small rangefinder, a fixed 35 mm lens, and black and white film. My knowledge took a leap forward when, as a young adult, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in a darkroom developing and printing black and white film. I learned a lot very quickly. Photography soon developed into a life-long interest that I pursue to this day, evolving from film to digital.
The reason I like to photograph is really a selfish one. I like it and it brings me great pleasure. I don't think I ever really "saw" before I picked up a camera. With photography I learned to open my eyes and to truly see, see the natural world, big and small, all around me and to notice the beauty that lies in everything. My main subject is the land around my Atlin home, my backyard, and the spectacular landscape right across northern Canada. I am not overly interested in photographing exotic locals, there is so much beauty right here at home. There is nothing I like more than being outdoors, traveling the landscape, and taking photographs of whatever scene speaks to me and triggers something in me, an emotion. I also very much like to share what I see and record in photographs; the everyday scenes surrounding us, the things that we notice but no longer see. I am very much a vagabon for beauty. If I can bring some of that beauty to only one person and bring that person some happiness by doing so then I will have accomplished something.
I use Nikon equipment, although, as photographer Ernst Haas once said "The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE".
My work can be seen and purchased at the Headquarter Gallery in Atlin, BC, at Down to Earth Gallery in Yellowknife, NWT, and at Arts Underground in Whitehorse, Yukon.
You can also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christianbucherphotography (see the link on the Home Page).
I know life can get busy so I'd like thank you for taking the time to visit.