Right Brain: Timothy Faust
February 28, 2008
Type of art: Photography
Personality: Extrovert/Introvert Extrovert
Hours per week dedicated to art: 50
Favorite artist/mentor: Galen Rowell
Sensitivity: 1-10 , 10 being highest 8
Artist website: http://www.timothyfaust.com
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Summit County photographer Tim Faust gets a handful of assignments each year, but otherwise shoots where he wants to be.
“I find places I want to go, things I want to do. I think that conveys well,” he said.
When asked what brought him to Summit County several years ago, Faust said simply, “the mountains.”
Faust’s focus in adventure photography, combined with wedding and portraits shoots.
To help him get to those hard to reach backcountry spots, Faust said he carries lighter and minimal equipment.
“In every one of my images, the artwork involves an element of adventure,” he said.
Currently the president of the Summit County Arts Council, Faust shows his work at their Arts Alive! Gallery in Breck and at his own studio, also in Breck, at 1806 Airport Road.
I believe photography changes the world. I realized at a young age when I saw Jeff Widener’s image of the man standing in front of a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square just how powerful a single image could be. My dream is to one day have images that convey a sense of hope about the wild places on our planet with that same power.
I’m very passionate about the outdoors. My work gives me a chance to share that passion with others.
I try to convey a sensor of wonder and appreciation about wild places and adventure.
The nature of my work presents a lot of challenges both to me creatively and to my equipment. When I was covering the Primal Quest adventure race in 2006, I had to endure traveling by foot through the desert over long distances in 115 degree heat. I needed to be careful about keeping the dust and sand out of my equipment. I also had to navigate cross country at night as well as negotiate a close encounter with a local rattlesnake. All of that would have been challenge enough, but I also had to find ways to make creative images.
I worked really hard on my Primal Quest assignment (see above.) As a result, my images from the race were published in multiple magazines such as Trail Runner and Outside Magazine. Also, one of my images from the race won Best in Category at the 2007 Teva Mountain Games photo competition. The competition featured adventure photography from hundreds of the best photographers from all over the world.
I try to compartmentalize what I am doing by season. I use the spring and fall mudseasons to travel and focus on my personal work, or shoot for magazines. I’ll be heading to London the south coast of Spain to work on some new projects next month. Over the summer I focus on my wedding and portrait photography. In the winter I focus on the business side of things, and on just having fun outside. When I find myself in a creative rut, I find it useful to give myself assignments with deadlines. For me, it is a lot easier to shoot creatively if I can put myself in the mindset of having a deadline from an art director.
My wife and I both enjoy traveling, and we try to do that as often as we can. However, I usually end up devoting a large portion of our vacations to photography. I also enjoy a lot of outdoor activities. I’m an avid skier, rock climber, mountain biker and backpacker. Even when I am not actively creating art, the day-to-day operation of my studio takes up a significant amount of my time. Also, I was recently elected president of the Summit County Arts Council.