Deep down I think there is some sort of connection to the clarity that life is bringing, much like the light we try to capture with our cameras. The right light of the still. The opening light of the story. The reflective light of the print.
A bit about myself
My name is Dan Wheeler and I have been taking pictures on and off most of my life. I first started to carry a camera when I started climbing with the Alpine Club of Canada. At the age of sixteen out in the mountains what more could a boy ask for. Back then I took basic shots of wildlife and of the climbs I was attempting. As I look back the photos were very chronological in nature and not a lot to do with creating a quality image. The scene went something like this, stop for a rest take a picture start again, not much thought of what I was shooting. Not much merit to the beauty of where I was. Though the action was set for getting to the top and I accomplished many feats the photos were lacking in any type of composition or what I will call creative quality. Finishing high school and heading to the mountains for ten years was a life experience that I can say was the greatest learning experience one could live by and for. Always on the edge of hunger and always willing to live to the fullest. For most, life catches up and the reality of living comes too ahead. Marriage, family, work become what life is about. Looking back not a bad choice but a choice I made. Though the years and trips have slowed I have started to gain in what I hope will be a start to a way of living again. Slowing in my climbing and backpacking trips I have begun to actually see where I was and what I have to look forward to. The trips are slower but the vision is clearer. I think I have gained in composure and thought of tonal detail and I hope that I can see the past as a means to the future. I think that I am actually enjoying life at a different level.
For all of you that wanted to share in my experiences here you go, At Peace Media is the culmination of the three creative outlets that I find fascinating. The decisive moment, the story in motion and the touch and feeling of a print. I hope to share some of my experiences, thoughts and bring some of that to others. Enjoy the photos, videos and prints and if you see me with my camera pointed at the ground stop by for a look.