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About Photographer Lance Oditt

I’m Lance Oditt, Owner of Studio 47.60 North, a fine art and documentary studio based in Seattle, Washington. In 2016, while undergoing my first treatment for a chronic form of blood cancer, I re-discovered my love of photography and my sense of wonder for trees. Their societies and the story of their lives told through land, water and sky. A sense of wonder that first developed when I roamed the forest of rural Ohio as a boy.

The work gathered on this site reflects my interests in subjects that operate across large scales of space and on long scales of time. Bringing together my fascination with the natural world and my camera, I seek out subjects whose activity, growth, transformation or, interactions with other subjects - provide opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the subject’s role in the larger story of the land.

Although I have formal background is in art and design, I do not consider myself a “technical” photographer. In fact, nearly all I have learned about photography, has developed as a result of dealing with the challenges of shooting in forest environments where the light is always changing. Although some have wondered if abstraction is a focus or an aim in creating these works, I do not harbor any such conceits. I do not believe that nature is abstract - even if it does communicate itself in uncertain or unfamiliar ways. It is my hope that my curiosity about the natural world as well as my choice of subjects and composition will provide a sense of intimacy that stirs surprise and wonder just as one might feel making a discovery on their own journey in the wilderness. It is also my hope, these works might expand the viewers' sense for their role as part of nature, and perhaps, that might inspire stewardship.

I appreciate your time exploring the works I have gathered and hope it might stir a deeper awareness for the possibilities of the natural world. For more information about me, read on. For more in-depth stories about the works featured, visit my Instagram @studio4760north. For inquiries on sales, visit the sales page as Fine Art works and Landscapes are handled differently. I also welcome your general feedback, invitations and inquiries via the contact page.


Safe Travels!
~Lance

Current Projects


Pando Photographic Survey

The Pando Aspen Clone

The Pando is the world's largest tree by size and volume and is also, the largest Aspen clone in the world. First observed in 1976 and later, verified by genetic testing in 2008, the tree, which spans 106-acres, propagates by sending up new growth from the roots, a process known as suckering . Although each "trunk" of the tree appears to us an individual tree, they are in fact, branches of a genetically identical clone made up of over 40,000 "stems".

Today, Pando faces three threats to its well being. Over-browsing by deer and elk, a bacterial infection and, a fungal infections common to aspen. Difficult as it may be to believe, just as we are learning about the tree, research indicates we are witnessing its decline.

In 2019, I set about figuring out a way to photograph the entire tree testing methods that allowed me to efficiently record 4.2 acres of the giant. Based on insights gained through that experience, I wrote a proposal to photograph the entire 106-acres in 360-degree images, an effort vital to understanding this natural wonder and to help ensure it can be enjoyed for  generations to come.


If you would like to learn more about this project, donate or volunteer, please visit the Pando Photographic Survey page at Friends of Pando. Or, read my essay on North American Nature Photgrapher's Association Blog about the effort.





Sequoia Obscura

Barkscape: Sequoia Obscura #2

Sequoia Obscura, is a series of works documenting the unlit recesses of Coastal Redwood Trees (Sequoia Sempervirens). An endangered life form that can lives for thousands of years and grow to be the tallest trees on earth.

Utilizing lighting techniques honed over the course of the last two years, the aim of this series, is to provide a fresh portrait of these ancient lifeforms. A portrait that honors the cycles of their growth, decay and regeneration. A portrait that looks inward and dispels the darkness to find explore the colorful harbors of life latent in their obscure depths.


*2020 Nominee, Abstracts, Fine Art Photography Awards

View Fine Art Photography Sample Gallery from this series...



Awards, Articles and Writings



Resume


Bio

Lance Oditt is a fine art and documentary photographer based out of Seattle, Washington. He is the Lead Photographer on the Pando Photographic Survey.  From 2018 to 2021, Lance served as the Photographer-at-Large for the Western Aspen Alliance. Also a disability rights advocate, he served as the Executive Director of Accessibility for Quiet Parks International from 2020-2021. His work documenting the endangered Pando Tree has appeared in Discover Magazine, National Forest Foundation, North American Nature Photographers Association, Digital Camera Magazine, PBS Newshour, The New York Times, Topos Magazine, Ideas Magazine and Tremblings. His photographic works to trees and landscapes have been commended and won awards from  American Forests, Fine Art Photography Awards, Shoot the Frame and the Editors of Viewbug.



Field Practice


Current
Lead Photographer, Pando Photographic Survey
Friends of Pando


2020-2021
Executive Director of Accessibility
Quiet Parks International

2018-2021
Photographer-at-Large
Western Aspen Alliance

2017-Current
Conservation Photographer
Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation


2017-Current
Owner, Operator
Studio 47.60 North



Exhibits


July 2022
Pando, Our Tree Exhibit
Documentary Photos from Pando Photographic Survey and Hand Made Prints of Pando Tree
Fish Lake, Utah


September 2020
Through the Eyes of Pando
Richfield Visitor Center
Richfield, Utah

December 2018
Something Personal Exhibit
American Photographic Association
SOMARATS BAY Gallery
San Francisco, California

May 2018
Exquisite Corpse Cannibals
Gallery 110
Seattle, Washington

May 2018
Microsoft Employee Art Show
Microsoft Mixer Gallery
Redmond, Washington


Editorial

March 2021
Mountain Journal
Pando: Charismatic Megaflora And The Populus Paradox
by Paul Rogers and Lance Oditt
Read Article


January 2021
Pando to Pangea
Essay by Paul Rogers and Photos by Lance Oditt
Read Article


December 2020
US Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Threatened Specie Status
Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation
Read Article

June 2020, Aspen Ideas Magazine
The Giving Tree
By Aspen Institute Staff
Read Article

June 5th, 2020, Mongabay Magazine
Conservation insights from an enormous aspen clone
By James Dinneen
Read Article

January, 2020, Natural Areas Association
Natural Areas Conference Materials
View Sample


Fall 2019 Edition, Utah State Magazine
A Powerful Place
By Kristin Munson
Read Article


March 2019, Utah State University
Restoring the West Conference Materials
View Sample

February 3, 2019, PBS Newshour
Earth's most massive living thing is struggling to survive
PBS Newshour Team
Watch Video


October 17, 2018, New York Times
Pando, the Most Massive Organism on Earth, Is Shrinking
By JoAnna Klein
Read Article

July 2018, Topos Magazine
Living with a Giant (Parts 1-4)
By Paul Rogers & Topos Magazine Staff
Read Article

December 2017, Discover Magazine
The Life and Death of Pando
By Christopher Ketch
Read Article


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