Tell us about the location in the photos.
The Winds are a range of mountains in western Wyoming. My friend Will was thru-hiking the CDT last summer so a few of us in Georgia drove through the night to meet him while he was walking through the Winds. We hiked to the Cirque of the Towers, over Texas Pass, and back out to the Big Sandy trailhead. I’m not as strong a hiker as others are, so some sections were strenuous for me, particularly ascending Texas Pass. But it was easily worth the effort; the views in early August are spectacular, wildflowers in bloom, glacial lakes and streams everywhere.
There’s still ice and snow on the ground at higher elevations all summer long, and hail storms come and go at a moment’s notice. Most of the time, however, the weather was pleasant, and camping over Lonesome Lake offered good fishing and a few nice day hikes to more secluded spots nearby. There are wild blueberries, the occasional moose sighting, and really nice sunsets. Everyone should go out and see it for themselves!
How did you get started in photography?
I was a teenager and my grandmother gave me a Minolta SLR. My pictures were terrible for the longest time, but the places my friends and I ventured to to take them were fun so I just kept on with it. I guess I started because it was trendy at the time for everyone to get a digital camera and be a “photographer”, but I’m thankful for all that because since then my life has often revolved around photographs and the people that appreciate them.
Does anything in particular influence your photography style?
Obviously the internet has always influenced and educated me, but more recently it’s mainly been my friends and the activities that draw us to one another. Camping trips and dogs and general goofiness always creep their way into my photos.
What photography gear do you use?
I use point and shoot 35mm cameras and cheap 400 speed Fujifilm. I’ve had a Yashica T4, Konica Big Mini, and Olympus stylus over the years and they’ve all treated me very well. I only get a new camera when I clumsily drop and break the old one.
Are there any products you swear by?
Nothing in particular. I’m not very knowledgeable or official when I go places or take pictures. Everything I have is second-hand, but it all gets the job done as well as I need it to.
What is your dream adventure photography location?
Everywhere all the time! I’ve never been out of the United States. I’d really love to see the Himalayas, India & Sri Lanka, the Andes & Peru, and certain parts of Canada.
Name Julie Tingley
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Featured In Issue Eight - December 2014
Gear & Equipment Cameras: Point & Shoots including Yashica T4, Konica Big Mini, Olympus Stylus with 400 speed Fuji Film
Websites Website, Flickr
Chosen By Matt Bower