Dawn, Lake Louise, Banff National Park
About William Neill
William Neill has been photographing continuously in his backyard of Yosemite National Park since 1977. Reared in California and Virginia, Neill and educated at the University of Colorado (BA in Environmental Conservation, 1976), he has found his balance in the Sierra Nevada . In the early 1980s, he served as staff photographer at The Ansel Adams Gallery, where he was introduced to the work of Ansel Adams and other fine art photographers. The natural environment and spirit of Yosemite remains the constant inspiration for Neill. He pays special attention to the intimate detail and design of nature. His elegant color photographs celebrate the magic of our natural world.
“The reason I photograph is to experience the beauty of nature, of wild places. I explore the essential elements of rock and tree, of cloud and rushing water to discover the magic and mystery of the landscape. It is the spirit of the land I seek to reveal in my images.
Photography is a quiet, meditative activity for me. I enjoy isolating the details of a scene. By creating photographs where the content or orientation is not obvious, an intimate and enigmatic feeling can come through. I enjoy making an image that asks a question, one that intrigues and arouses curiosity in the viewer. ”
He is the photographic author of many books including The Sense of Wonder, The Tree , By Nature's Design , The Color of Nature and Traces of Time . A portfolio of his Yosemite photographs has been published Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness as well as a retrospective monograph of his landscape photography entitled Landscapes Of The Spirit . In 1995, the Sierra Club honored Neill with the Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. Also, he writes a monthly column, On Landscape , for Outdoor Photographer magazine.
Neill's assignment and published credits include National Geographic Special Publications, Smithsonian, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Travel & Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Vogue, Sierra and Outside magazines. Feature articles about his work have appeared in Life, Camera and Darkroom, American Photo, Photographer's Forum, and Communication Arts, from whom he has received four Awards of Excellence.
Neill's fine limited edition prints have been collected and exhibited nationally. Bill Neill resides with his wife and two children in Oakhurst, California.