About Bors Vesterby

Born in Tucson Arizona, I have an affinity for the language spoken by dry desert rock, and the scent of sagebrush after a cloud burst. Yet, soon after my first breath of Sonoran Desert air I found himself in the sub-equatorial rain forests of eastern Australia. There I learned to walk, and drink beer, ironically at the same time. Trained from boyhood in woods-lore, my connection to the land is direct, to walk it, sense its textures, listen and watch its moods. When I moved to Washington in my late teens, my first walk in northwest rain forest felt like coming home. As a young man here, I learned to ford ice-rimed rivers barefoot, navigate trackless mountain terrain, and identify in darkness the species of trees around me by the sound rain made on their leaves.

For years I carried a sketchbook into the wilds. I wanted to transform what I felt into something visual that I could share with others, but it wasn’t until the start of the millennium that my calling became clear. The catalyst was my first digital camera. The ability to review instantly what the camera captured of my visions revolutionized my art.

In fine art photography the print is the ultimate expression of artistic skill. The creation of each piece is a journey itself. Planning, time in the field, vision, inspiration, rigorous photographic technique, careful image development, the finest paper, archival pigment inks, and museum grade mounting materials result in world class prints that speak to the heart of our world.

Artistic Process

The goal of my photography is to create a window on a moment of beauty so accurate and real that you feel as though you are standing within it. To accomplish this, the first and most important step, a “perfect capture”, happens in the field using an extremely high resolution digital camera. The pure unprocessed digital data from the camera sensor is then imported into a RAW development software program, sometimes called a digital darkroom. The final image is then developed from the RAW file by making adjustments to the tonal range, color balance, and contrast of the scene with the goal of recreating what I saw on location. I take notes in the field on these details to aid me in the studio during final image development.

The development process may take many days of fine tuning for a given piece. Once the work is complete, it is printed on thick, fine art paper using state of the art giclee (inkjet) printers that utilize special pigment inks that are extremely resistant to fading over time. Thus, all of my work is guaranteed not to fade for the lifetime of the owner. After allowing the print to dry, I sign the work, date it, and number it sequentially. I then hand mount it, either in an archival mat board clam-shell or in frames that I put together myself using techniques pioneered by museums for the preservation of historical art and documents.

Bors Vesterby
Northwest Washington, USA