For Mountainsong Photography founder, Steve Sears, the wilderness has always been a playground, a classroom and a place to dream. By the age of 14 he was undertaking solo, multi-day, backpacking trips into remote wilderness areas, and in the years since has pursued such physical challenges and adventures as a solo climb to 18,700 feet on a heavily glaciated volcano, a one day walk across the Grand Canyon, rim-to-rim and back, single day ascents of Mount Whitney from the street light in Lone Pine, overnight 40-plus mile blitz’s across various mountain ranges, annual thirty-mile hikes through Death Valley in July temperatures of nearly 130 degrees, snow-camping journeys, explorations of fantastic caves, mines & lava tubes, searches for Native American archaeological sites, horseback, kayak & four-wheel drive journeys, and so much more.
A little over two decades ago, this passion for the outdoors led him to take up photography as a way to capture these experiences and memories. Steve is self-taught and was inspired to take his art to new levels by exposure to the work of the late Galen Rowell.
These days, Steve has redefined the purpose of a photograph. Where in times past an image was meant to capture a moment, a scene, or an experience, today it is not believed to have achieved its purpose until it has also raised money for a cause, brought awareness to an injustice, or restored hope in the heart of a hurting person. It has been decided that we at Mountainsong Photography would not just sell beautiful prints showcasing the natural world, we would use a large part of the revenue (50% of profits!) to help people, we would use our brand to bring attention to social issues affecting our community and beyond, and we would put our collective shoulders into tangibly helping those in need within our line of sight.
Finally, no description of our business would be complete without an explanation of our name:
The words "mountain song" brings three meanings to mind for us. The first is the actual music of the mountains, such as the wind in the trees, singing birds, and water tumbling over rocks. The second is the song in our hearts; the feeling that we get when we're in wild places. Finally, there is the poetic description that the Bible gives of God's forgiveness and redemption: