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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 a renewed 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.

As my 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 journeys in the wilderness. It is also my hope, these works might expand the viewers' sense for our role as part of nature and, become inspired stewards of the land.

I appreciate time exploring the works I have gathered and hope it will stir a deeper sense 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

Pando Forest Portraits 2017

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 1968, then verified by genetic testing in 2008, this 106 acre giant propagates by sending up new growth, which look like trees to us, but are in fact, branches. 47,000 to be exact. Today, Pando faces three challenges that endager its future; overbrowsing by deer and elk, bacterial infection and fungal infections. As we are just begining to learn about this tree, we lack a record of it.

In 2019, I set about figuring out a way to photograph the entire tree testing methods that allowed me to effecietntly record over 4.2 acres of the giant. In 2021 and 2022, teaching youth and volunteers the methods I developed, the first complete record of the tree will be made freely available. The largest picture of a tree ever attempted, and the first complete document of the tree; vital to understanding the choice and challenges we face protecting it for future generations.


If you would like to learn more about this project, would like to donate or volunteer, please use the contact form above.


Learn More About Pando in the essay Living with the Giant in Topos Magazine by ecologist Paul Rogers featuring my pictures...


Sequoia Obscura

Lance Oditt Photos

Sequoia Obscura, is a series of works documenting the unlit recesses of Coastal Redwood Trees (Sequoia Sempervirens), an endangered lifeform lives 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 new portrait of the ancient lifeforms. A portrait that honors their cycles of growth, decay and regeneration and how that story unfolds over the course of millennia. A portrait that looks inward to find another sens of beauty documenting the colorful harbors of life latent in their otherwise, obscure depths.


*2020 Nominee, Abstracts, Fine Art Photography Awards

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



Commendations & Publications


Forest in Focus

Honorable Mention
Barkscape #1, Hoh Rainforest

Shoot the Frame

Shoot the Frame
Yearly Finalist
January 2020

Fine Art Photography Awards

Nominee
Abstracts

Viewbug

Elite, Abstract:
Spray Falls
March 2020


Resume


Bio

Lance Oditt is a fine art and documentary photographer and artist based out of Seattle, Washington. He is the Lead Photographer on the Pando Photographic Survey, serves as the Photographer-at-Large for the Western Aspen Alliance and, serves as Executive Director of Accessibility for Quiet Parks International. His work documenting the endangered Pando Forest for Western Aspen Alliance has appeared in Discover Magazine, PBS Newshour, The New York Times, Topos Magazine, Ideas Magazine and Tremblings. His work and devotion to trees and landscapes have been commended by American Forests, Fine Art Photography Awards, Shoot the Frame and the Editors of Viewbug.



Field Practice

2020-Current
Executive Director of Accessibility
Quiet Parks International


2019-Current
Facilitator and Lead Photographer
Friends of Pando

2017-Current
Photographer-at-Large
Western Aspen Alliance

2017-Current
Conservation Photographer
Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation


2017-Current
Owner, Operator
Studio 47.60 North



Exhibits

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

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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