The wilderness rules

[photographs Buck Forester, The WideAngle]

Photographer Buck Forester’s real name is Brian Ernst, but he has become famous – primarily as one of the great stars of Flickr and then through The WideAngle – as Buck Forester. “I don’t know why,”” he admits. “It’s gotten to the point I don’t even know what to call myself anymore!”

The great Ansel Adams once said: “Sometimes I get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” But this is simplifying things. Adams was a dedicated professional and was always modest about the great effort he took to arrive in the ideal location at just the right moment. Looking at Buck’s perfectly composed wilderness landscapes, you also get the feeling that some higher entity – that great stylist in the sky – must have been involved in some heavenly window-dressing. Like Adams, “El Bucko” (as he’s known within The WideAngle) is also renowned for the extremes he goes to for the perfect shot. He has been known to kayak and camp for several days at a time in sub-zero temperatures so he can shoot one of his beloved North Californian lakes at the optimal moment.

“I love backpacking and photography and kayaking and dogs and eating pizza,” he laughs. “I thank God for the beautiful places He made so I can adventure and explore and point my camera at them. Life is good and the wilderness rules.”


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