A powerful summer storm blows over the National Elk Refuge, in what would prove to be one of the last rain storms of the summer. Photo © David Stubbs 2012

© David Stubbs Photography

The Horsethief Canyon Fire burns through the night, with spot fires threatening Cache Creek and East Jackson. Photo © David Stubbs 2012

© David Stubbs Photography

Climbing Irene's Arete in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Photo by David Stubbs www.davidstubbs.com

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American ski mountaineering pioneer Bill Briggs with his trusty banjo in Grand Teton National Park. (for the Town of Jackson) Photo © David Stubbs 2012

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Skiing the Apocalypse Coulior in Grand Teton National Park. (for Exum) Photo © David Stubbs 2012

© David Stubbs Photography

Jackson Lake at night in Grand Teton National ParkPhoto © David Stubbs 2012

© David Stubbs Photography

Modern architecture under the stars in East Jackson.Photo © David Stubbs 2012

© David Stubbs Photography

Jackson native singer, actress and cowgirl Jessica Garnick (for the Sibbett Group) Photo © David Stubbs 2012

© David Stubbs Photography

Fog breaks over the peaking Cottonwoods on the Snake River.Photo © David Stubbs 2012

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Cosmetic scientist and fashion aficionado Melanie Simon and Christian Conservative political activist Foster Friess. (for Le Monde) Photo © David Stubbs 2012

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Dick Cheney on the set of the film The World According to Dick Cheney, shot in Jackson. (for Showtime) Photo © David Stubbs 2012

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Ben Bernanke listens to the head of the Israel central bank at Jackson Lake Lodge during the annual financial meeting. (for Reuters) Photo © David Stubbs 2012

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Two climbers traverse the bottom of Mt. Owen's east snowfield during a one day Cathedral Traverse of Mt. Teewinot, Mt. Owen and the Grand Teton. (for Exum) Photo © David Stubbs 2012

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Mike Poborsky climbs the Italian Cracks on the north side of the Grand Teton, while a huge plume erupts from a forest fire in the Teton Wilderness to the northeast. (for Exum) Photo © David Stubbs 2012

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"Creepy Creek" a favorite spot in Yellowstone National Park.Photo © David Stubbs 2012

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Meanders in the Snake River appear as stranded pools during peak color in Grand Teton National Park. Photo © David Stubbs 2012

© David Stubbs Photography

2012: A Year of Imagery from Jackson Hole

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

This is a selection of my favorite images from the past year, while shooting assignments at home in Jackson, Wyoming. During the past twelve months, I’ve experienced the fear of fire taking my home, the joy of a new child, the unbounding freedom of days spent climbing in the alpine and, of course, the peace of simply being in this place.

For a moment, when the spot fires reached the ridge of Cache Creek, with gusty winds blowing down canyon toward town, things felt eerily fragile, as if our isolated paradise might join the destruction that much of the world endures. The next day, I woke on my birthday, September 10, to a cold, hard rain. The ridge was held, and we somehow continued to manage our good fortune.

While compiling an edit of images that reflects a year as a working photographer in Jackson, Wyoming (omitting travel assignments), I thought I might come closer to a short answer to the question that I am asked the most: so what do you shoot? (oh no, not again.)

The truth is, if I had a short answer to this question, I would probably not still be working as a full-time freelance photographer after over a decade. From adventure to news, to commercial, portraiture and landscape: the world is what I shoot, I guess. It is all connected in its subtlety and unyielding paradoxes. I am just fortunate enough to spend my life staring at it, hoping it will inspire people to think . . . and feel.

Many thanks to my clients, subjects, friends and family . . . the meander continues . . .

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