In 2010, Gary Albertson's 30-plus year career as an award
winning corporate graphic designer and acclaimed, internationally
collected, fine art landscape photographer seemed at its end, the
result of a rare inherited eye disease. Today, with just a fraction of
peripheral eyesight remaining, his deep love of nature drives him to 
adapt against all odds as he continues to refine his photographic art. 

“One of the gifts of blindness, especially to a photographer, is the
requirement of moving much slower. Composing an image takes
me much more time now. I stitch all of the pieces together in my
head to finally 'see’ shape and form. Oh, what a wonderful sacrifice 
to slow down. Just give me a hundred yards and two weeks.”

“I started my career in corporate graphic design in 1970. My love
of photography began, looking over the shoulders of many large
format commercial photographers. In 1980, I designed, produced
and self published the award winning book, 'Fire Mountain: The
Eruptions of Mt. St. Helens,’ royalties from which, allowed me to
leave graphic design and turn to a full-time career as a 
fine art landscape photographer.” 

“In 1995, while doing photography on the South Sea island of
Roratonga, my kidneys suddenly failed. I barely made it back to
the states to undergo dialysis. A year later, I received my sister’s
kidney, which gave my life new purpose; to follow my deep love
of nature through the lens. In that same year, was diagnosed with
Pigment Dispersion Glaucoma.” 

“In 1999, I moved to the shores of the Metolius River in central
Oregon, committing myself to capturing the magical beauty of its
waters and surrounding valley.” 

From the beginning, Gary’s main camera has been a TOYO
45AX and also randomly switching to a Pentax 67. Advancements 
in digital photography have compelled Gary to follow, finding its
benefits and now his main camera, for 80% of his work, is a Nikon
D750. Since 2010, as Gary has lost eyesight, he works with
professionals on post-production. He is always hopeful, looking to 
the future for new ways to enhance his independent spirit.


“For years I have found joy in sharing my photographs and have
been giving talks and speeches about adapting, BEING captured 
before capturing, the art of seeing, not just looking. It has been a
Journey Into Blindness. My main purpose is to simply adapt to my
limited sight and use it to refine my photographic art. I hope this
unique perspective opens a new door or window to the
everlasting power of Nature.”