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Phil Castagneri

Hello and thank you for visiting.

I grew up in Colorado, and did not fully appreciate the beauty of my home state until I travelled. I realized I am fortunate to live in one of the most incredibly scenic and varied places in the world. My first love is Nature and Landscape photography which I have been practicing all my adult life. After a career in graphic arts, in 2020 I started a career in commercial photography. Specializing in property photography, events, business and assignments. I still enjoy getting out in Nature whenever I can, and sometimes come back with nice images to share.

I hope that my images will convey some of the peacefulness and beauty that I experience in nature.  I have been making photographs for most of my life, it is what brings me joy and allows me creative expression.  My brother Jim first sparked my interest in photography when he set up a home darkroom back when we were young. I was fascinated to see a blank sheet of paper transform in the developer tray as an image would appear seemingly out of nowhere, it was magic. The realization that, with a camera you could create your very own  images! I was hooked.

My interest in photography was renewed when digital cameras and software became available and opened up endless new possibilities to create images not possible only a few years before. 

My photographic journey continues as I learn more about this history and legacy of creating art in the medium of photography. A great teacher for me has been Guy Tal. His books made me see photography in a whole new way. Attending one of his workshops pushed me further into learning more and expanding my knowledge and understanding of photographic art.

"Photographs are not by necessity things taken from reality but can also be created such that they enlarge or transcend reality. Certainly, a photograph may be a record of some fact in reality; but a photograph can also be something novel—something that has not existed until a photographer created it—at which point it becomes a new fact in a new reality."

Guy Tal, from Another Day Not Wasted: Meditations in Photography, Art, and Wildness

Photography’s potential as a great image-maker and communicator is really no different from the same potential in the best poetry, where familiar, everyday words, placed within a special context, can soar above the intellect and touch subtle reality in a unique way. 

– Paul Caponigro

My hope is to raise awareness of the importance of wild and natural places so that it may inspire others to protect and conserve what we have left. 

Something we can all do is to support and vote for leaders who accept the science and will take action on our climate crisis.  The rapidly deteriorating biosphere that supports all life on earth is in crisis, it is our vital responsibility to protect and save what we can.  Please do what you can to be part of the solution. Read what scientists say here

I welcome your  comments and questions. You can click on the email button to write me, or leave comments in the comments section of any photograph.


You may have noticed the Nature First logo on my homepage. I  am committed to following it's principles:

THE NATURE FIRST PRINCIPLES

• Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.

• Educate yourself about the places you photograph.

• Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.

• Use discretion if sharing locations.

• Know and follow rules and regulations.

• Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.

• Actively promote and educate others about these principles.

Visit the website for more information: naturefirstphotography.org


I make my home in Broomfield, Colorado. Thanks again for visiting, feel free to leave comments in the comments section on each photo. - Tip on pronouncing my last name in English: the G is silent. It is an Italian surname from the Piedmont region of Italy, at the foot of the Alps. 

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