Joel's love for nature photography stems from a deep passion for the wilderness; he considers himself an outdoorsman first and a photographer second. It is because of this relationship with the landscape that he creates such intimate and personal photographs that sweep the viewer into the scene. He feels a deep connection with Arizona, particularly the sonoran desert, and strives to translate this connection through his work.
Joel was born in Phoenix and spent his childhood hiking the desert ranges surrounding the city. It was his desire to share these places with others that began his love for photography. This soon developed into a serious hobby, and now he spends all of his free time exploring the most remote and beautiful places in Arizona, hoping to capture the perfect scene in perfect light.
(photo: Jonathan Buford)