Philip Schmidt

c Dave Wellington

If I have an artistic mentor, it would be the late legendary Galen Rowell.  Galen's approach to his award-winning outdoor photography was strikingly unique.  In his best-selling book 'Mountain Light', Rowell observes:

"When the magic hour arrives, my thoughts center on light rather than on the landscape.  I search for perfect light, then hunt for something earthbound to match it with."

This quest for 'magic light' has come to define MY photographic vision as well.

It is most telling that Rowell was FIRST a mountaineer, THEN a photographer.  He revelled in the sights & sounds of his beloved mountains LONG before he became prolific with a camera.

I can relate.  I consider myself an EXPLORER, rather than an outdoor photographer.  When I am fortunate enough to encounter a 'moment of magic' in my travels, my heart's deepest longing is to immortalize that moment on film.  Thus, those who can't be there firsthand to witness the magic may nevertheless catch a 'glimpse of the grandeur.'

This passion of capturing & sharing the wonderment of God's creation has taken me & my wife Jackie throughout Ontario, across Canada, & beyond:

• From the towering limestone cliffs of the Bruce Peninsula to the rugged shorelines of Lake Superior

• From the white quartz mountains of Killarney Provincial Park to the eye-popping autumn colours of Algonquin

• From the prairie sunsets & snow-capped peaks of Western Canada to the majestic alpenglow displays of the Swiss & French Alps


"O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!"


"And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.

There are more things in Heaven and earth, Horatio,

Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

(Hamlet • Act 1, Scene 5)

PhiLiP s. SchMidT