Cause no unnecessary harm. Leave no trace.

 

BIO

MAKE IT BETTER

My mission is to positively impact nature by emphasizing her amazing beauty through my camera, artistic vision and passion for the great outdoors, while hopefully leaving her better than I found her.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and have been a city dweller my entire life. Even with an occasional fishing and camping trip growing up, I didn't develop any real interest in the outdoors until later on when I met friends who thrived on being outside. That is how we shared and blended our passions of photography with camping and our adventures began.

I formally studied Photography during my EIGHT years at Mt. San Antonio College and Cal State University, Fullerton. I wish I could say that I have a Ph.D., but I do not. Nor do I have a degree in Photography. What I can say is that I have been able to combine my passion for photography with my love for nature. Interestingly, I began as a photographer who fell into camping and hiking, almost as a requirement to be within reach of capturing nature’s moments. But somewhere along the way, I developed a stronger draw to the outdoors than to the camera and have become obsessed with helping preserve nature. I have this internal conflict of wanting to share her beauty with the world, yet wishing to keep it a secret, to protect her from those who are careless. Sadly, there are many people who do not share my sentiment, valuing money, laziness or their egos by drilling for oil, littering, and vandalizing.


I believe composition is one of the key elements to creating a great image and my job is to layout and compose the scene to its fullest potential. To focus the eyes and attention to only the necessities. To do away with clutter and chaos and lead the viewer’s eyes through the image using color, lines, shadows, and highlights. Not only is it my goal to show you the beauty of nature as it is, but also to show you the beauty of nature as I see it.

THE GOLDEN RATIO

I've always been intrigued by the theory that the universe is ruled by numbers. That is why I chose to crop my images to the proportions of the Golden Ratio, which is a special ratio (1:1.618) of the length to the width which many artists have long believed to be the most pleasing to the eye. Many famous paintings and structures including the Mona Lisa and the Parthenon are said to have been created using these proportions. This unique ratio is also closely related to the Fibonacci numbers (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, ...) where each number is the sum of the two previous numbers. When you divide a Fibonacci number by its preceding number, the result averages out to the Golden Ratio (55/34=1.6176). Fibonacci numbers occur frequently in nature, such as the number of petals of flowers or spirals of pine cones and the shapes of shells. Petals of most flowers will add up to be one of the Fibonacci numbers.

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LEAVE NO TRACE

Words I try to live by. Read more of my thoughts and ramblings related to photography, camping and the great outdoors. You can also find some occasional news and art show schedules.

 

CONTACT

I am based out of the Los Angeles / Orange County area and work in collaboration with my good friend Moises at Biton Fine Arts. We both strive to bring you the best artwork that our creativity has to offer.

If you have any questions about my work, send me a message.

 

Compliments, comments and sarcastic remarks are always welcome.

@steve.yosh | sjyoshimura@gmail.com

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Updated 3.9.2020