About Me

Adele Buttolphself- portrait


Adele M. Buttolph

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.

~Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography is an unbounded pursuit in all of its aspects.  One can spend an entire lifetime engaged in photography and there will still remain room to explore, learn, experiment, and create.  Genres that I enjoy are nature, infrared, intentional camera movement, travel, and black and white photography.

Landscape photography has developed my ability to see and to capture the essence of a scene.  Expanding into the world of infrared photography has taken this even further by allowing the world to be viewed in a way that is not possible with the human eye.  Seeing in this way is magical and a true joy.

I find Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) to be a fascinating technique.  It always holds an element of surprise as you never know exactly what you will get.  Various kinds of movement can be used together with shape, form, and light to accentuate a subject or scene.  Depending on subject and technique, results of ICM can range from the abstract to serene impressionism.

Photography is all about painting with light.  Quality of painted light is dependent on a number of factors including the light itself, subject or scene, camera settings, and selection of lens.  There is such an array of characteristics to various lenses and this has led me to explore both modern and vintage lenses.  Because of the different rendering properties, specific lenses can be selected to give an image a particular kind of feel.  Lenses are powerful tools and I love playing with the possibilities that they provide.

My interest in photography began in high school with the purchase of a Minolta XG7 SLR camera and a couple of lenses.  Back then, I photographed almost exclusively with black and white film.  Developing prints in the darkroom was a magical experience – watching the image come to life on paper for the first time is something that I will never forget.

Photography has been an essential part of my life for the last several years.  I continue to practice and learn.  As part of my training, I have studied with professionals such as Lee Varis, Bobbi Lane, Les Imgrund, David Nightingale, and currently, Robin Griggs Wood.  Each of these talented and skilled individuals has helped to bring my photography to a new level.  I find inspiration and true joy in learning from professionals who convey their knowledge and vision so well.

Presently, I am based out of beautiful Wallowa County, Oregon, which provides ample opportunities for photography.  Viewing the Wallowa Mountains daily provides constant inspiration and motivation for my work.  I hope that you enjoy my images and return to my website often to see what is new.

All the best,