About - Joshua Ladau

About

Since I could walk, I have spent my free time exploring the natural world, either by foot, skis, or kayak. I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and many of the photographs here are from my current habitat, California. In my photography, I try to capture the spirit of unique, remote, beautiful places. Most of the pictures shown here took many hours to days of off-trail, backcountry travel to obtain. Aside from cropping and occasional minor adjustments to color, these pictures are not photoshopped or otherwise modified; they are as they as they came out of the camera.

I began photography in graduate school at the urging of my faculty adviser. Using one of the first digital cameras, I initially focused on photographing insects, which were the subject of my research. Through time, I have expanded my photography interests to include larger natural features; mountains, oceans, creeks and rivers.

I am a part-time photographer. I work as a computational biologist, researching the global distributions of microbes. A significant portion of my scientific research is devoted to developing effective visualizations for the distributions of microbes. I firmly believe that visualizations -- whether they are scientific visualizations or nature photographs -- are among the best ways to communicate ideas, thoughts, and experiences. I hope that if nothing else, you find these images evocative of the peace that wilderness can bring. I also hope they will convey some of the spirit evoked by John Muir when he said

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

I welcome any questions, suggestions, or comments. Please feel free to contact me through the contact link.


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