Artist Statement 

The reflection of the autumn shoreline of a northern Wisconsin lake near Conover, in Vilas County (PHP_IMG_10810)

Listening To What Nature Has To Offer

As a self-taught, award-winning, landscape photographer, (from Wisconsin), my photographic goal has always been to “give a voice” to the land and the natural environment, (paraphrasing a John Denver lyric from“Wild Montana Skies”) in my own small way.

Since I was young, I’ve held an interest in the natural sciences. In the early “70’s, while stationed with the Navy in the California desert, I picked up an old Argus 35mm camera and started capturing the landscapes of the area. With the Sierra Nevada Mountains bordering the desert on the west, it wasn’t hard to find inspiration.

Upon leaving the military, my interest in both photography and the natural environment never waned. After obtaining a natural science degree, I visualized photographic opportunities while driving many miles throughout my sales career. Following my conversation with Denali (true story),  I retired early from Motorola on Friday, October 13, 2006 and committed to landscape photography full-time.

Two influencers of my photography are John Denver and John Muir. Perhaps that may be why, when looking through the viewfinder, I hear the music and liste to that which nature offers. Each aspect of the scene becomes one instrument playing its part in the total composition.

Rather than simply documenting what lies before me, I strive to allow the viewer to emotionally enter the scene, experience the nuances of the image, appreciate its “musical composition” and benefit from its inspiration. 

The Ultimate Expression Of My Vision - The Print

As an artist, I’m free to create the image that I envision when depressing the shutter. Part of this includes making all the decisions, from capture settings through to the final print.

I always view creating the best image in the field (via lens selection, composition, etc.) the first criteria for a successful print. Post processing only amplifies the visualized image that I had initially created. The final print, which I print myself, allows for this ultimate expression of my initial visualization.

Complete Customer Satisfaction

I am uncompromising in my quest to provide the highest quality, natural color landscape prints. My signature on your print is your “certificate of authenticity“, knowing that your print meets and exceeds these standards.

Your purchase of my prints are backed with my 30-day, no-hassle return policy.   If you are not 100% satisfied with your print - for any reason - return it to me within 30 days from date of purchase and I will immediately refund your purchase price less shipping. 

My goal is that you are more than satisfied and are proud to have my landscape photography decorating your home or office environment. Anything less than that is not acceptable!

Drake Fleege 
Powder Hill Photograhy LLC 
Hartford, Wisconsin