James is best known for capturing unique still and time-lapse digital photographs of the state of Oregon. James travels to remote areas of the state, and captures many unique photo compositions of places rarely photographed, at often inopportune times of year. He has built a large following with the natural feel of his images of the Oregon backcountry, and by drawing his audience into his adventures with the use of narration, aerial video and time-lapse photography short films.
Influenced by landscape photographers such as Ray Atkison, Ansel Adams and Mark Metternich, James takes pride in his ability to make his images come alive in the form of vivid prints. James produces prints on paper, canvas and aluminum, but is best known for making large paper prints showcased in his own hand-made hardwood frames.
In November of 2016, James gave up his full-time occupation making artificial limbs for amputees, and went all-in with photography. In addition to making photographic prints, James decided that his knowledge of Central Oregon and photography could be used to help others improve their photography and discover new photo opportunities in the area. James is now a registered photography guide, and conducts photography workshops in Oregon.
James’ alter ego, Extreme Oregon, is his way of making his images connect with his audience without getting himself between the viewer and the scene. He takes pride in his images being about Oregon, not about him as an artist.