Richard Horst Photography | About
This is typically where you talk in the third person about yourself. Honestly, I always thought that was strange. Instead, I am just going to speak directly and tell you a little bit about me.
As a kid, growing up back east, I was outdoors as much as possible. I would pretend to be a mountain man living deep in the western rocky mountain wilderness, alone just me and the mountain. When I wasn't daydreaming and acting like John Colter, I was glued to the TV listening to and watching anything Marty Stouffer produced. When that program filled with things which amazed me concluded, I would read encyclopedias with information on such things as North American animals, birds and fish. The Rocky Mountains were always the general focus.
But life happens and there were always the standards of “this is what you should do” or “that is what you need to do to be successful ”... so nose in the books and off to college to seek out a career and 9-5 job. Then what? Cross your fingers and hope retirement comes quickly so you can enjoy life? Really, that is what I had to look forward to? I missed the hours I spent outdoors. I made a commitment to myself to steer my life in a new direction. A little while back, I cut across the grain and threw all that out the window. I moved west where my heart and passion had always drawn me. I wanted to go through life enjoying it while I travelled through it. Along with that I met my best friend, who is now my wife. It was her, along with my children, that encouraged me to take this path of photography. They are my driving force to keep living life for what it is.
My wildlife and nature photography is grounded by the reality that it is all captured by being there. I'm very lucky to live in an amazing area of the country that affords me access to State, BLM, National Forest and Wilderness areas. Some truly amazing animals call this home. This also provides avenues to capture the most amazing aspects of the naturescapes. Along with that, my career and wife’s true passion happens to be horses. Our lives are centered around them. These magnificent creatures provide me an additional aspect to my photography. They take us to places few travel and open doors to unique photographic opportunities.
This road started out a few years back leading pack trips into the wilderness. The places I travelled, the things I saw, the animals I crossed paths with renewed the spark I have always had for taking photo’s. With encouragement from my wife, I decided to do something about it. In the end, I am just a guy with a passion for horses the mountains and the wildlife that lives there. I am in pursuit of capturing the reality and reverence of nature, on its terms, in its unaltered surroundings. The photographs I capture are genuine. I truly hope you enjoy my work. Feel free to contact me and or share the information on my site! Thank you for taking time to visit.

I’ll leave you with this quote… “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir.