Steve Jorgenson has been taking pictures since he was about 12 years old. Three days after graduating from high school he left home and came to Montana and was fortunate enough to find work with the Park Service in Glacier National Park for the next seven summers while continuing his education during the winter months in Minnesota and then in Missoula, Montana. He moved to Montana to be a part of the spirit of the people who live here and to be near the mountains and the beautiful scenery they provide and for the wildlife that live in the mountains and in Montana.
Steve hopes that viewers will see something in his images that will help them to understand that all things are connected to one another. We are all part of the Circle of Life and everything that is here is here for a reason or it wouldn’t be here at all. Yvon Chouinard, a noted American climber, once said, “As we destroy nature we destroy ourselves. It’s a selfish thing to want to protect nature. To do good, you actually have to do something.”
His pictures are about the natural world. With them, he hopes to raise awareness of what we have been given as a home here on this planet. He sees this as “something” that he can do. So few people have looked into the eyes of a wild animal and learned to appreciate just what they are seeing. They are creatures that have societies, families and languages of their own. Just because we don’t understand them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. He once saw a PBS documentary a few years ago where a Native American said, “Everything in the world speaks. We must learn to listen.” Steve asks that if you choose to look at his photography, please, also try to listen.