About Rob Decker

My name is Rob Decker I’m a photographer and graphic artist — with a single great passion for our National Parks!

I visited my first park, Yosemite, in 1965, when I was only 6 years old and started photographing them when I was just 8.

kodak-duraflexIn 1967, on a 10,000 mile cross-country trip, I visited 5 more national parks, and photographed them with this Kodak Duaflex camera and 120 black and white roll film.

My grandfather gave me a 1945 Graphlex 4×5 camera and we built a wet darkroom in the back of my dad’s workshop in the early 70s…and I’d spend the next 10 years immersed in black & white photography, including four years on the high school yearbook staff…three as head photographer. And, my friend Kurt and I operated a successful portrait photography business for several years during high school.

After graduating in 1977, I made another epic, 10,000 mile cross country trip, visiting the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Shenandoah, Great Smoky, Acadia, Glacier and several other National Parks.

In 1979, I had the greatest experience — photographic or otherwise — of my life, when I studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park. ansel-adamsWe photographed the valley floor, as well as the high country (wish I had a selfie with Ansel Adams instead of my classmate, but I did have him autograph two of his books – The Negative and The Print.) In addition to teaching the Zone System, he worked with us on composition and setting, as well as techniques we’d use in the darkroom.

As an independent developer and producer for the past 30 years, I’ve had the opportunity to use my photography and graphic art skills for a wide variety of clients, including American Express, DELL, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the National Association of Realtors, Overstock.com, Stanford University, The Washington Post and many others. In fact, some of my National Park photos are featured in Rand McNally’s travel and atlas products, for whom I created numerous interactive software programs, including an interactive National Parks map application.

blca-9-images Over the the past few years I have designed and developed a process — that starts with high dynamic range (HDR) photography and includes a variety of digital software tools, which allows me to turn a composite HDR photograph into a work of graphic art, reminiscent of the WPA style popular in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Join me as I embark on an epic journey to photograph all 59 of the American Icons we call the National Parks…and create stunning images of them reminiscent of the style of the WPA! To date, I have visited 36 of our 59 National Parks, and my desire to visit the remaining parks is not so much a Bucket List, as it is a desire to capture the beauty and unparalleled nature of these National Treasures.

My goal is that by creating these iconic images, I can help to generate awareness — not only of the grandeur of these amazing places — but also for the need of continued protection and operation of the parks, so that everyone — now and in the future — will have a chance to enjoy the often-fascinating and always awe-inspiring majesty of our National Parks.

I’m trying to make a difference, and am donating 10% of all on-line sales proceeds to the organizations, trusts, conservancies and associations that support our National Parks.