CLOUD GRAZERS Near Red Lodge, Montana Mixed media on paper

Images of the West: Surrounded by Beauty

We are surrounded by beauty. It’s everywhere in our world — a constant reminder of the complexity and power of the incredible place we call home.

Lamar Valley, Montana Gelatin-silver photograph

Beauty may be as fleeting and indescribable as the moment a rainbow wavers from here to not here. Other times, scenes unfold before us with incomprehensible drama and force.Sometimes beauty seems singular and certain. But even the apparent timelessness of a granite peak changes every moment, with every season and the passing of each millennium. The timescale is at once human, but also entirely beyond our sense of perception.

Near Aspen, Colorado Gelatin-silver photograph

Memories are an inadequate substitute for the experience of beauty. And so I seek these experiences again and again, pursuing the organizing principles and ephemeral beauty deeply encoded in the natural world. I look for the edges and the intersections between permanence and impermanence, between order and discord, between the mundane and the sublime.

Near Choteau, Montana Pigment photograph on cotton rag paper

These thematic ridges split figure and ground, positive and negative space, and forge a natural tension between what is tangible and what is beyond. The ridge is akin to the touching of polar emotions, the intricate line between earth and sky.

Near Choteau, Montana Pigment photograph on cotton rag paper

These distinct relationships are often discovered in the natural world, but I’m also compelled to arrange elements myself to create still lifes. Installations of found objects offer a directed and purposeful expression of these contextual ideas. A story unfolds through the compositions, and there’s an emergent beauty that I could not express by simply responding to the landscape in front of me.

Yellowstone Park, near Tower Junction Gelatin-silver photograph

At first glance, many of these may not look like photographs. Often, I use my hands in the printing process, aligning a vision with the physical presentation. The final works range widely, from delicately diminutive objects to expansive and large-scale metaphors, and from contemporary experimentation to traditional, historic processes. These are often delivered as mixed media, suspended images over gold, or in classic, museum-quality gelatin silver and platinum printing.

Near Mammoth, Wyoming Gelatin-silver photograph

It is my honor to share these images that are rooted in the moments of the world around us, that make us stop and see more deeply, with more awareness, and beyond the surface of our first impression.

Near Livingston, Montana | Gelatin-silver photograph

These photographic works are from Audrey Hall’s latest book, Arête, a special edition volume available exclusively from her studio;

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Intaglio photogravure



Snowmass, Colorado | Pigment photograph on cotton rag paper


Near Big Timber, Montana | Mixed media on paper

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