Leaving NYC... I caught this stunning view of the Kennedy wetlands area, part of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. It's one of the largest urban bird sanctuaries in the eastern United States, a 9,000-acre stretch of small islands, salt marshes, fields and forest. #onassigment#aerial#wetlands#landscape#iphoneonly
Happy Fathers Day... this photograph captures one of my proudest moments...having my dad at one of my exhibitions. I lost my Dad, David Wilkes exactly one year ago today on Father's Day, he was 93. A remarkable man, he inspired our whole family throughout his life. A self made man, my father was defined by hard work , passion and empathy-- but his first priority was to always take care of his family. He was a true innovator in the flavor business a talented artist & painter in his own right.
The next time you have a HaagenDazs Coffee ice cream or a Dr Browns Black Cherry Soda, or an sky blue otter pop... Think of my dad... He'll be smiling.... #fathersday#dad
I had the good fortune to meet and photograph Allie C.Peek one of the Tuskegee Airmen. The name Tuskegee Airmen was given to members of the U.S. Army Air force units in Works War II that were composed of primarily African American flyers. My favorite aspect of this portrait is the combination of Allie's pride and the reflection of the American Flag in Allie's eye. I found Allie so inspiring and felt that I captured the spirit of his patriotism. On this Memorial Day I want to honor and remember all of the men and women who bravely dedicated their lives to our country and thank the men and women who continue to do so.
Should I stay or should I go"…..I made this photograph of an Ibex climbing a steep rock wall during my photo workshop a few weeks ago in Israel. He stopped on a protruding bolder, thought for awhile and then made his move and journeyed onward.
I had the honor of teaching a track on photography for the UJA’s New York Federation Centennial celebration. #EinGediReserve#deadsea#israel#ibex#travel#uja100#nature#beauty#explore#oasis
Day to Night, Tulip Fields of Amsterdam. Photographing the tulip fields in Amsterdam was an incredible experience. I chose this location to incorporate the WWII bunkers and the iconic windmill.
The Netherlands has such rich history, and I wanted to capture this along with the beauty of the tulips all in one place. The light was beautiful, and as time changed the color of the tulips did as well.
I love the magical moments with the kids walking and running though the field. Shooting from scaffolding overlooking the field, I was reminded of how much beauty there is in this world. #StephenWilkes#Amsterdam#tulips#tulipfields#flowers#DayToNight#Artitled#brycewolkowitzgallery#peterfettermangallery#monroegallery
Once they bloom, the massive crop of tulips just outside of Amsterdam have a short window to be enjoyed before workers cut them for vendors.
Last year, I captured the crops just before the flowers were cut for a Day to Night image. This is a small portion of that image, which shows the almost unfathomable volume of beautiful tulips that are grown each year. #StephenWilkes#Amsterdam#tulips#tulipfields#flowers#DayToNight#Artitled#monroegallery
Day To Night, Grand Canyon National Park.
While other images from my Day to Night series have proven to be quite challenging, this image was made even more complicated by sheer logistics. How would I create an image that showed one of the most photographed places in the world in a completely unique way? My goal was to create an image that showed the majesty and vastness of the Grand Canyon, incorporating a human scale and narrative within the scene. I photographed from the top of the Desert View Watchtower at the South Rim - in the late summer so that I could capture the summer storms - where my team and I worked for 27 hours scanning this amazing vista for all the unique moments from Day to Night. The long hours paid off and I was able to capture a single bolt of lightning just before the storm retreated into the canyon. #EarthDay#NationalParks#NPS#GrandCanyon#SouthRim#StephenWilkes#DayToNight#NatGeo#brycewolkowitzgallery#peterfettermangallery#monroegallery
Day to Night, Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park. A portion of this image was featured on the cover of last year's January issue of National Geographic Magazine in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. I am proud to celebrate our National Parks again for #nationalparksweek.
I’ve always been inspired by the concept of using photography as a medium for capturing the passage of time. Time is something that we constantly sense, but have no concrete way of visualizing. Interestingly enough, this view, called "Tunnel View" has remained truly timeless over the years.
In creating a Day To Night, I photograph from locations and views that are part of our collective memory. Working from a fixed camera angle, I capture the fleeting moments of humanity and light as time passes. After photographing for up to 26 hours and over 1500 images taken, I select the best moments of the day and night. Using time as my guide, all these moments are then seamlessly blended into a single photograph, visualizing our conscious journey with time.
It is my hope that this image captures the magical experience that is Yosemite seen by millions, in the 100 operating years of the National Park Service.