Colin Tyler Bogucki
Life is the only dream you can live...
Jamming out in Akaroa, New Zealand, February 2014. Photo by Joshua Dean West.
I have been exploring wild places and producing stock images for more than twenty years. Publications include the Associated Press, Alaska Magazine, United States Postal Service ("International Polar Year" commemorative stamp sheet), Anchorage Daily News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Lake Country Journal Magazine, Alaska Dispatch News and Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine. Currently, I reside at the Eagle River Nature Center in Chugach State Park, Alaska, and travel frequently. Recent ventures include Southeast Asia, India, New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, and Cuba. In addition to creating images, I am a published author. I also lead photography groups, teach classes, and enjoy public speaking and sharing my travel adventures through photographic presentations.
Growing up in the lakes area of northern Minnesota, I developed a connection with the natural world at a young age. The camera didn’t find me until my 25th year, however, after moving to Alaska to pursue what would be a short-lived career in human services upon earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. That same year, I received a camera for Christmas; it was a gift that would ultimately change my life. I gradually resigned myself from the career I had studied so diligently for and declined a desirable and lucrative opportunity to instead pursue a new purpose. That was a decision that I have never regretted and as a result, my life has been filled with a wealth of experiences, adventure, and subsequently, gratitude.
After attending beginning photography courses at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, as well as a local community education organization, I began to find satisfaction in creating beautiful, unique images of wildlife and natural scenes. I soon realized that I was able to capture moments that evoked truly emotional responses from viewers and that the mood conveyed in my images was the most important element. During the initial year of discovering my new camera, I had my first published photograph with the Anchorage Daily News. That same image would later be published in Alaska Magazine.
Since that first year I have published numerous images and my work is currently represented by two stock photo agencies. Additionally, I have written editorial pieces for publications including Alaska Magazine and the Lake Country Journal of Minnesota. My work has received several awards in art shows and I continue to reach a greater audience each year. One of my most cherished accomplishments was having an aurora borealis image used on a commemorative stamp sheet by the United States Postal Service.
As a visual artist, nothing brings greater satisfaction than creating an image that successfully conveys the feelings I experience during a moment of heightened awareness. It is the very reason I photograph, to fulfill this innate passion that drives me to and step outside my comfort zone and push the limits of what I once believed was not possible. In recent years, that passion has taken me to international destinations where I’ve had the opportunity to witness exotic wildlife such as Bengal tigers, as well as interact with foreign cultures in places like India, Cambodia, and most recently, Cuba. Perhaps the greatest lesson I have received from learning the art of photography is what it has taught me about myself.
In summation, I will always find the means to explore, create, and share the magic of the natural world. It is not only my dream; it has become my purpose.
(Colin Tyler Bogucki)
Havana, Cuba. February 11, 2018