Mowglis alumnus and photographer Chris Whiton (’84) has been capturing the breathtaking beauty of the White Mountains for many years—first on film, then with digital. His love of photography stemmed from his long involvement with oil painting. He found that he got the same joy out of painting with light as he did out of the magic of painting with brush on canvas.
An avid hiker from an early age, Chris draws inspiration from his love of the grand wilderness in New Hampshire. His grandfather and grandmother were pioneer trail-blazers, living on the top of Mount Cardigan, while his uncle was a world-traveling professional photographer, and his cousin is a well-known photographer, painter, and landscape artist. Growing up in such a family, Chris naturally fused his love for the outdoors with an eye for natural beauty.
The New England wilderness offers unique opportunities to capture breathtaking vistas. The challenge for the photographer is to see each scene anew and find unique ways to capture the raw beauty and dramatic contrasts of New Hampshire’s landscapes on film.
In sharing with us his recent works, Chris noted the following:
“The six years I spent at Camp Mowglis made a huge impression on me as a child. Prior to camp, my main activities were reading, writing, and playing archaic video games. Camp opened my eyes to the wonders of nature all around me. Having grown up in the shadow of the Old Man of the Mountain, I was so used to these surroundings that I failed to appreciate them. Camp Mowglis introduced me to sports, mountain climbing, teamwork and good friends. After graduating from Den, I went on to continue school with a slight difference—the occasional visit to my now-familiar mountains. When I later started raising a family, I was excited to show the beauty of the mountains to my children, when they grew old enough to walk. The kids have grown up and moved on with their lives, but I am still traveling to the summits and ravines whenever I can, attempting to capture with the camera what I am feeling in my soul.”
Chris lives with his family in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.
Table Rock Autumn
Winter at Gem Pool
Star Lake Sunrise
To see more of Chris’s work, please visit: www.whitemountainimages.org