Sean Bagshaw is an outdoor photographer, digital image developing enthusiast and photography educator based in Ashland, Oregon. He resides there with his wife and two sons.
He arrived at his career in photography rather accidentally. In the 1980s and 1990s, when he was generally indestructible, he did some rock climbing and mountaineering. He enjoyed being the expedition photographer because it allowed him to present slide shows to anyone he could corner in a dark room with a projector. Over time he moved away from taking purely documentary images and becoming an avid student of the art of photography. Now his expeditions are to photograph mountains instead of climb them. He spends about a quarter of each year in the field on a quest for magical light; sleeping in his truck or on the ground, stumbling around in the dark, eating bad food and avoiding showers.
Combining modern techniques with a traditional darkroom sense of pre-visualization, he approaches photography as a two part creative process. The capture of the image in the camera and developing it with artistic intent are given equal importance and attention on the path to the final piece. Twice since 2008 his images have been winners in the Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards and have also been honored in the International Conservation Photography Awards and other competitions.