Tom Bollinger Photography | About

Nature has always been an integral part of my life. Growing up in rural Southern Illinois afforded me with trees to climb, vines to swing on, and forested trails to follow. Fall was always my favorite time to visit and explore the many state parks close to our home. I spent the majority of my free time outside. There’s nothing in my life that has brought me to my true center the way nature has. It’s my meditation. It’s my source of balance.

It’s no surprise that I ended up in the Southwest, one of the most beautiful places in the world. My passion for the outdoors, hiking and photography is readily accessible here.

Photography is my way of experiencing the intimacy of nature. There's a difference between being in nature and being IN nature. The moment I walk up a hidden, moss covered creek, explore a slot canyon or stand waist deep in rushing, ocean water removes any stress and worries and washes them downstream. I may leave covered in moss, mud or red dust, but never is my mind more clean and clear.

Each of these images represent moments in time where I was breathing, feeling… living. Don’t forget that it’s out there for all of us.

Thanks for letting me share these moments with you.