by Christy Rodriguez de Conte
Alex Armitage hits the road with a camera and a goal: bring back the most awe-inspiring pictures of North America’s tucked-away treasures. The stunning results are on display at the City Hall gallery through Sept. 21.
For most of us who live a 9-to-5 life dictated by meetings and agendas, the call of the wild comes in short, sporadic spurts. We take nature walks on long weekends or on a random, chilly fall day, only enjoyable outside. Often, life moves so fast that we do not make time to connect with the extraordinary nature we are so blessed to inhabit.
Armitage has been living in his SUV for over two years, exploring North America, from Alaska to Florida, one camera click at a time. Armitage admits that landscape photography started as an escape from the chaos of daily life. Still, it ultimately led him to discoveries about the world and himself that he would have never known.
“There’s nothing more therapeutic than watching the sun come up to show off the beauty of the world, all while providing the challenge to me, the photographer, to capture it,” says Armitage. As a photographer, he feels privileged to walk in some of the most majestic spots in our nation and share them with his audience. “I love finding what the world has to offer in all its natural beauty, and in those brief moments, I’m reminded that no matter how much turmoil might exist around me, there’s still beauty all around us.”
Although Armitage has always felt a connection to nature, camping frequently with his family and the Cub Scouts, his relationship with the camera is more recent. In 2007, when traveling west with his aunt on their yearly trip outdoors, he was handed a camera by his adventuring kin and asked to “try and figure it out.”
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