Perri K Schelat

Member of the EPSON International Pano Awards Judging Panel 2017

About Perri

My passion for photography and the images I create are the expressions of my love of nature and my experiences in my own personal development in life and in photography.

Being surrounded by nature always feels intensely calming and meaningful. My photographic goal is to share the sense of beauty, power and wonderment that I see and feel, with those who view my images. I could say my reaction to being in nature feels spiritual. It centers me and helps me understand what is important in life. I suppose being in nature feels like my sanctuary, where I go to show gratitude and feel connected to the things that are important to me.

Early on, I enjoyed making photographs and I was able to produce well-composed images. I found myself wanting to use my camera to communicate and record my feelings and experiences. My photographs became as much about my personal journey, as they were about capturing the beauty that surrounded me.

I found inspiration everywhere. But, I wanted my images to be different in presentation and technique. I was drawn to the use of a wide-angle perspective, with foregrounds just inches away from my lens, balanced by an equally forceful background, with extended depth of field throughout. Before long, this approach became my favorite technique and there are many images in my portfolios that illustrate this vision.

Along the way, I developed a deep passion for photography. Unlike many people who don’t like to say their work defines them…. My photography defines me in many ways. Every struggle, every passion, every tear, every effort I make is tied up in each image. As I continue in my artistic pursuits, it seems as if each photograph I make is a reflection of my journey in my personal life, as an artist and as a landscape photographer.