The Artist | Jeff Callihan

The Artist | Jeff Callihan

How I became a fine art landscape photographer based in Meridian, ID

My name is Jeff Callihan. Welcome to my website.

I create unique photographic images as a result of my use of angles and the available light. Additionally, I personally fabricate the custom metal frames that display each of my works. Every piece of my art is a representation of my continued lust for adventure and to capturing those remarkable moments through my camera lens.

I have always had an adventurous spirit and a desire to be in wild places. My journey to becoming a fine art landscape photographer began when I enlisted and became a proud member of the United States Marine Corps.

That was 16 years ago, and it changed everything for me. It's what I'm passionate about. So much so, that four years ago, I quit my job as a welder. I packed my bags, left my home in Colorado and headed north to Meridian, ID to pursue fine art landscape photography on a full-time basis. My pursuit led me to Montana's Glacier National Park and to other venues in North America, where I searched for the stunning scenes that have become subjects of my fine art landscape photography.

What separates a picture from a work of art?

I taught myself the art of photography. As I continue to learn, I try not to be constrained by photographic rules. I use my creativity and tenacity to discover and capture unique images. Finding a perfect sunrise requires an early departure, often along a dark trail. This can be particularly unnerving in grizzly bear country. However, once the sun begins to rise and paint the clouds, some of the most incredible 20 minutes unfold right before my eyes. It is then up to me to capture and preserve the moment.

A great photographer needs more than technical skill to create breathtaking fine art landscape photography. When you browse my photographs for sale, you'll see evidence of my...

Passion: Nothing exhilarates me like getting an amazing shot.
Vision: My jobs is capturing the landscape so you'll feel what I feel.
Style: All of my photographs have a cohesive, Callihan style.

You don't need to live in Meridian, ID to enjoy my artwork. Browse my online art Gallery page now to see some of the fine art landscape photography available at Jeff Callihan Galleries.

My journey to photography

Prior to becoming interested in art and photography, I took a welding class in high school. This led me to a part-time job at American Arrow in Clawson, Michigan, a company that made parts for vintage cars dating back to the 1920s. My boss, Don Sommers, discovered that I had a talent for welding. Rather than continue to farm out his welding needs, he purchased a Miller TIG. With that welder, I was able to make very delicate to substantial pieces, including stainless steel hood ornaments, window frames and car bodies. In addition to welding, I also grinded and shaped various metals and worked with metal patina on steel and bronze pieces. I remember welding and repairing an old metal picture frame as a favor for one of our clients. That memory is an influence for the metal frames that I build to this day.

After serving in the Marines, I continued welding and fabricating for a company who produced aircraft assemblies from many delicate and exotic metals. In 2000, I became a structural welding inspection. Welding has almost always been a part of my life and continues to be to this day.

Why I love life as a fine art landscape photographer

Eight years ago, while I was sleeping in my camper, I woke up at 2:00 a.m. to the sound of a thunder storm. I grabbed my camera, my tripod and my dogs, and jumped into my truck. I drove 10 miles down a muddy forest road near the Canadian border until it ended at the edge of the Flathead National Forest. I grabbed my gear and started running into the thick woods. I ran for 15 minutes until I reached a small clearing where I had a view of the Lewis Mountain Range. I quickly set up my equipment and started firing the shutter on my Nikon.

The lightning danced around the mountain peaks. I finished shooting the storm as it moved east over the mountains. It was then that I realized that I didn't have my bear spray, gun, compass or a flashlight. At this point, my adrenaline was gone, making the prospect of walking out of the thick, dark woods terrifying. I used the lighting from the distant storm to keep the mountains to my back.

As I was hiking back, I could hear Gunner, my long-hair German Shepherd, barking through the slightly open windows of my truck. It was a great relief to hear him and I used his barking as a guide. I headed back to my camper around 4:30 a.m., exhausted, wet and dirty. I admit, what I did that night was not smart. What it was, though...was pure passion for the shot. I will never forget this night and what it represented at the beginning of an eight-year journey into fine art landscape photography.