About Wild & Free Photography

Darwin Paton

When I am not behind the lens, I work in the Environmental Systems Field, where my interests in environmental protection are actively utilized. I am a devout conservationist with strong believes in environmentally, not economically, sustainable resource development.

Always an outdoor enthusiast I have pursued the art of photography since I was about fifteen as a way to record the beauty of our province’s many landscapes and the animals, which inhabit them. I try to capture the true essence of fragility in the environments that surround us while at all times trying not to impact the subject matter that I am presenting. It’s important to me that my images portray the interconnectedness of my subjects within their environment as none of my subjects, or us are ever separate from it. Doesn’t matter if it’s a grizzly in a meadow, that portrait of your first car, a climber intent on a rock face or the alpen glow on a mountain peak as another day ends. It just is. Using this approach I present scenes and situations as they transpired, without the use of filters or additional arrangement.

Company History

Wild and Free Outdoor Photography came into existence in 1989 as a way of trying to share the beauty of what I was seeing with people, such as yourselves and to heighten our awareness of the beauty that surrounds us all.

My works are and have been displayed in many towns throughout the interior of BC and Jasper, Alberta. I have partaken in numerous group exhibits and 22 solo exhibitions, to date.

I am extremely fortunate that my work has been used in advertisements, to illustrate a book  and has received juried recognition.