About Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith is a professional landscape photographer based in St. George, Utah. He strives to capture original, natural landscapes. He especially loves his home in southwest Utah and the high desert. This gives easy access to Zion, Bryce, the Wave, Death Valley and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

He loves to travel with camera in tow even if far off the beaten path.  The connection with our land and its' natural beauty is what he hopes to express in photographs.  All art touches a person's emotions and creates a connection between the viewer and the work of art.  Photography is no different. 

Read about photography locations and the stories behind the photos at Slickrock and Shadow, a photography blog.  Click here for Instagram Pics.

Why I Love Landscape (and all) Photography

Plain and simple:  I love seeing the sunrise or sunset in some of the world's most beautiful locations. Taking photographs motivates me get out there in the first place and then allows me to remember these moment forever. I love to see my Yellow Rock pictures and remember the most beautiful sunset of my life. 

As I learn more, I enjoy the challenge of new conditions and new photography genres.  Portrait, macro, wildlife and architectural photography all appeal to me for a singular reason:  to capture beauty as I see it.

Miscellaneous Information

Coldest Moment:   After falling in icy water and hiking up the Subway, it began snowing. High winds ran through the canyon. My fingers could not feel my camera as I took photos!

Toughest Hike: 17 miles into and out from Kolob Arch in one day
Favorite Trail Food: Clif Protein builder bar!

Earliest I've woken to get to a sunrise location: 2:30 AM
Camera Drop tally: 3

Best photo road trip: Death Valley and Yosemite
Best "no road" trip:  British Virgin Islands on a sailboat

Day Job: Medical field
Other artistic interests: piano, trombone, poetry

Dream photography location: New Zealand
Favorite discoveries:  desert waterfalls

Favorite Quotes

Every man's work is always a portrait of himself.
     -- Ansel Adams

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
     -- Wayne Gretzki

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
     -- Robert Louis Stevenson

Nature leads the artist into loneliness.
     --Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Common sense is the chief enemy of creativity.
     -- Pablo Picasso


It's fun to get a little recognition now and then. I was featured in the Smugmug Monthly Featured Photographer series. It's a good story about what photography means to me.

Alpine Art represents my photographic work in the world of commercial photography.  I highly recommend them.

I have also had some photos featured on National Geographic website, St. George Magazine, Quarrtsiluni. I've had photos published in the state calendar. The local camera club has also had me serve as a guest lecturer. Local galleries have also had my photos on display.
I've also shown in the St. George art museum's 100th anniversary of Zion National Park.

Favorite Photo Locations (in no order)

- Sunset Arch
- Death Valley Racetrack
- White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
- Lower Hanawi Waterfall, Maui
- Double Falls, Zion
- Coyote Buttes North (the Wave)
- Rustic Cabin in Madison River Valley
- Padre Canyon during rainstorm
- Alta Badia Dolomites
- Bahia Honda, Florida
- Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone
- Paris
Sidestep Canyon
Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch

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