Miles Morgan has been creating quite a stir lately with his daring escapades photographing lava from perilously close range. While most of us would go as far as possible from an erupting volcano, Morgan does the complete opposite.
In fact, he has been known to get so close to the action that he famously melted his shoes and tripod legs during one such foray into a restless volcano. He got in as close as one meter away from the source of spewing molten lava when he took some incredible images of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.
But Morgan has also been known to photograph less dangerous events. He has some beautiful pastoral images and other lovely landscapes in collections like Alpine Environments, Rivers and Waterfalls, Southwest USA and Ocean Motion, among others. As Morgan elaborates in the text on his website, he enjoys some amount photographer’s pedigree, being the son of a photojournalist.
The text reads in part:
“My father, Hank Morgan, is a successful photojournalist, so I’ve always had cameras close by; but I never took the time to learn much about them. It wasn’t until April 2009 that I decided that I wanted to try my hand at landscape photography. After a short period of time, I was hooked, and have been trying hard to hone my skills both in the field and in Photoshop to produce images that are pleasing. The greatest gift that photography has given me is the return to nature that I was definitely missing in my life. I have seen enough stunning scenes during my brief stint as a landscape photographer to last a lifetime, and hopefully my images will allow you to enjoy them with me.
My philosophy of photography as art might be a little jarring to the purist, but I sometimes rely on blending exposures and other Photoshop trickery to maximize my chances of coming away from my shoots with a few “keepers”. I enjoy spending time in the “digital darkroom” almost as much as I do shooting, so many times my images would be considered more digital art than traditional landscape photographs.”
Morgan is a professional airline pilot, but counts himself as part of a small group of fine art landscape photographers based in the Pacific Northwest; Portland.
See his impressive body of work at his website here.