Ed MacKerrow

  • I am a full-time professional nature photographer.
  • My images have been published internationally, including magazine covers, winning first-place awards in prestigious photo contests
  • I have a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physics and have published multiple research papers on light.
  • I  have formal training in landscape painting (pastel and watercolor).  I incorporate my background in art and science in my photography.
  • I  am an advocate of ethical nature photography and a member of the North American Nature Photography Associations Ethics Committee.
  • I have published research on raptors and conduct official scientific surveys of wildlife.
  • My images have been represented by galleries Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque.
  • Photography is in its golden age now.  I continue to study and learn the latest techniques and technology.  Even though I have been photographing for over 30 years, from the days of film and darkrooms, I enjoy staying current in this dynamic field.

Artist Statement

I believe the more that humans are aware of nature, the more they will respect it, and this in turn will benefit all beings — especially future generations. Everything is connected!  The reason I pursue nature photography is to propagate this awareness.

Nature can teach us a lot if we are brave enough to experience and learn from it.  I believe that getting outside and experiencing nature educates us in important ways that we are not exposed to in conventional education.   When I observe wildlife out in nature I am continually amazed at their intelligence and the emotions they display.  I try to capture these emotions in my images so that others can experience just how amazing nature is.

Love of nature and beautiful places transcends the divisions that human society has established for itself.  Experiencing nature, where fear is replaced by respect and courage, makes us all stronger and wiser. If my images reinforce our respect for nature, then my goal has been met.

Kayaking the midnight sun on a 100+ mile wilderness photography journey in the Alaska Peninsula.

On top of the Palisade Crest during a solo ski traverse of the Sierra Nevada.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees.  The winds will blow their freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  —-  John Muir, 1901.