Steve Austin has 20+ years of experience as a professional photographer — though his interest in the medium dates back nearly as far as he can recall, Austin was 10 years old when he used his first camera an old polaroid instamatic he received as a gift and from there knew was hooked. “I remember as a kid looking through the National Geographic magazines and Beautiful British Columbia magazines,” says Austin. “They were so inspiring to me, those images were like candy, I could not get enough, all I knew was I wanted to do that and go there more than anything.”
Steve grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and studied fine arts at the Alberta College of Art and then moved his education to the New York Institute of Photography to refine his skills. He is now based in British Columbia’s picturesque Okanagan Valley with his focus on capturing fine art landscape and still life, often featuring environmentally sensitive habitats.
“When you’re in that moment of time where you blend into the tapestry of your surroundings and you just become part of the scene, where you able to capture that fleeting moment of time where it will never be the same ever again it is spiritual to me. Part of the magic is in the setup, the intention and dreaming up projects I have in my mind.” Steve’s camera techniques, his methodology and the environment he seeks out separates him from other photographers.
Interest in his work has been growing steadily, both locally in Canada and internationally, Steve has received the designation of MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER in FINE ART and has opened his own gallery located in Kelowna, British Columbia in December of 2020.
Having grown up in and inspired by nature, Steve has a deep desire to bring attention to the sensitivity of nature and how truly dependent we are on it, “conserving our natural resources is our priority to create a balance.” Steve has partnered with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and donates a portion of his print sales to help keep the Canadian landscape in its natural state so he can continue photographing this prize resource.
Nature Conservancy of Canada Partner
As a proud partner of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Steve will donate 2% of his print sales and rentals to help support this organization.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast. By investing in conservation, NCC is ensuring that natural spaces remain a home for wildlife, a haven where Canadians can enjoy nature and a vital resource that cleans the air we breathe and the water we drink. NCC’s mission is based in a commitment to ensuring that the landscapes we love today will be here for others to cherish tomorrow.