Chad Dutson is a Salt Lake City, Utah-based wilderness photographer who occasionally ventures into fine art portraiture. He deeply admires nature, and strives to capture the finest scenes possible. He spent all but three years of his life living in the West, providing him incredible opportunities to enhance his self-taught craft.
Chad began shooting with a point-and-shoot at the age of eight. He began an early transition to digital photography in 1999, and now shoots exclusively digital. He has been published in books, magazines, websites, and has been a juror for several photo competitions.
Chad has an insatiable desire to wander the wild, seeking solitude and serenity away from the bustle of city life. His deep passion for photography pushes him to extreme levels to capture ‘the shot.’ He has experienced hypothermia, been stung by a scorpion, endured hours in 0 degree temperatures (0F/-18C), nearly stepped on a rattlesnake, and faced pelting rain through a close-proximity lightning storm. After each excursion he shares his experience with others, yearning they may fall in love with nature as he has.
‘Some say they lose themselves in one thing or another — I find myself through photography — losing only the sense of time. I frequently shoot from sunset to sunrise. Photography brings out the emotion I feel for both nature and humanity. Capturing a subject in a still moment is my deepest expression of self.’ — Chad Dutson
Partial list of recent features:
+ USA Today, Nov 2014
+ Bighorn Gallery, Deadhorse Point State Park, Mar/Apr 2014
+ Photography Masterclass Magazine
+ IGNIRE Magazine