Walt Thirion

Environmental Conservation Photographer

I specialize in limited edition large-format prints that capture the peace, solitude and connection to be found in the vast and beautiful Western back country.

My passionate support of environmental conservation efforts that protect, preserve, and restore natural environments and the ecological communities that inhabit them is what informs my work.

Because of my deep connection to the land and the subjects I photograph, I donate a significant portion of the sales proceeds from my work, as well as my personal time and money, to environmental conservation organizations and causes.

I invite you to explore my Galleries, or learn more about my background. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about my work, please feel free to reach out.

For those with a shared passion for preserving and protecting our environment and conserving our nation’s wilderness areas . . .

I invite you to join our tribe of like-minded individuals by signing up for my newsletter, “Through Walt’s Lens”. I typically send out updates a few times per month with musings on my wilderness travels, information on new releases of my work, news on the environmental movement and more.

THE ART Galleries

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Ethereal Blue I

Ethereal Blue

Scoresbysund Greenland is already an alien landscape but in heavy fog the icebergs lose their material form and appear ethereal.



  1. the state of being alone; seclusion: to enjoy one’s solitude
  2. remoteness from habitations; absence of human activity: the solitude of the Grand Canyon
  3. an unfrequented place: a solitude in the mountains
Flawed Reflection
Cold Awakening


When one attempts to travel close to the northern or southern ends of the earth, the landscape rapidly changes. Extreme cold, gale force winds and desert-like conditions. But it is at these remote points where the storied ice is found.


“Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality…One can’t possess reality, one can possess images–one can’t possess the present but one can possess the past.” — Susan Sontag, On Photography

Color images attempt to capture reality at a moment in time. Black and white images merely capture the shadow of that reality.

Eye of the Alcove

Recent Work

A sampling of some of my recent work. The images displayed here may be part of an ongoing series or could be outliers that may stand alone or an indication that my work will be exploring new directions.

About My Work

My work is not intended to simply portray the obvious beauty of the natural world. Using expressionist techniques, I strive to give form to my aesthetic experience of and deep connection with the natural world. Distortion and exaggeration of colors and textures reflect my deeply contemplative feelings combined with heightened emotional awareness. My intent is to blur the line between fiction and objective reality and enable the viewer to move beyond the obvious and contemplate the deeper, sometimes hidden, meaning of the natural world, to recognize our feelings don’t shape the world but proceed from our being in it.

Large format, fine-art prints are the culmination of my effort. I enjoy viewing images on screens but it falls short of the aesthetic experience of interacting with the final print. It also closes the circle of the metaphor as the print represents a single, well-defined instance of all the possible ways I could have presented my work.

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


You might be a photography collector, a corporate art buyer, or a high-end interior designer. But one thing you’re definitely not is the typical art buyer.

For one thing, you don’t stay within the safe confines of buying art strictly from well-known commercial photographers, or collecting the kind of formulaic landscape photography that seems so ubiquitous these days.

You’d rather discover fresh, original talent, artists who are doing things a little differently, landscape photographers who use their art not only to record the beauty of the great outdoors, but who seek to preserve and protect these enduring landscapes as well.

You want to love the art, and you expect it to display a superior level of craft and expertise, but you also want to contribute meaningfully to conservation efforts so that the stunning vistas captured in the work you collect remain undisturbed for the next generation to enjoy.

238 W Center Street, Kanab, UT 84741, US
Phone: +1 (435) 644-5689
Email: CollectArt@WaltThirion.com