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Bo Baumgartner - November Featured Artist

Bo Baumgartner

Location: Bend, Oregon
Website: www.bophoto.net

Q&A

Give us a brief description of you and your work.

Born in the desert...drawn to the mountains...photographer. traveler. observer.

How would you describe your style?

Photojournalistic...I try to capture beautiful moments as I observe them.

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What's your goal as an artist?

To find the balance between living and working in a sustainable manner...

From where do you draw inspiration?

Remote landscapes. I have been fortunate to spend time in lots of beautiful places around the world and more recently around the PNW. I find the work of Chris Burkard and Jimmy Chin incredibly inspirational. Locally, I am inspired by Andy Best, Justin Bailey, and Ben Moon...they have found a way to pursue their profession while staying true to their core as adventurers.

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Why do you chose to show your prints of your artwork on Plywerk?

I love the simple, clean look and the high quality of the products. I used to think that I had to use bottom weighted white matting and black aluminum frames and keep the prints behind glass for archival purposes...now, I much prefer the lighter weight and much more sustainable process of having a print mounted directly to plywood...less is more.

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 How do you keep yourself motivated and your artwork fresh?

By doing the things I love to do: camp, hike, climb, ski, bike, travel, etc...these activities inevitably lead me to beautiful places...I also love following fellow explorers on Instagram.

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Favorite thing/place that you've ever photographed?

Photographing nacreous clouds (below) and auroras in Antarctica is something that I'll never forget...I just wish I could go back and do a better job of it! Iceland and Patagonia were pretty special as well.

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Favorite month of the year?

October.

What's the last thing you photographed?

Van camping in Central Oregon.

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First thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Put a new engine in our VW van so we could live out of it full time!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

The ability to clean up the earth.

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Top three movies of all time?

Baraka, Last of the Mohicans, Good Will Hunting

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Favorite coffee drink?

Cappuccino from Barista in Portland (Oregon).

Best way to follow along your adventures?

Instagram: @bobaumgartner

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Win a Bo Baumgartner Print on Plywerk

Post a comment about Bo's work below and you will automatically be entered to win one of his awesome images on our 3/4" bamboo Plywerk! We will select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early December to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We’ll ship it anywhere in the US for free.

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