Photos of snowcapped mountains, majestic canyons and breathtaking sunsets have a special kind of magic to them — a magic that photographers like Johnny Adolphson are masters at capturing.

With a passion for the Utah wilderness, Johnny explored the state’s parks and mountain peaks as a member of Park City ski patrol in the ’90s and ’00s and as a longtime ski guide. He spent 11 years working on wildland firefighting teams before he shifted his focus to capturing what he saw through the lens — uncovering hidden gems off the beaten path and searching out places that provide solitude.

“I picked up photography as a midlife hobby and it gradually became more serious,” Johnny states. “I started off as a sort of jack of all trades and did some commercial work until I really honed in on my niche, which is fine art landscape photography. I began doing this full time as a business in 2014.”

Johnny also worked as a desert photography guide for a company based out of Kanab for five seasons, running backcountry photo tours and multi-day workshops that helped him developed his craft.

Above all, Johnny hopes that his images inspire others to get out and see nature firsthand. “I know I get to a few places that not everyone can get to — I can help bring some of the beauty of our area into people’s lives through art in their homes,” Johnny says. “I am humbled and incredibly honored when someone chooses my photographic art for their home.”

Mount Timpanogos is one of Johnny’s favorite vistas to photograph, especially in the summer. Patagonia is on his bucket list to shoot, as are remote areas of Nevada. He sees the latter as the last frontier in the American West and loves seeking out lesser-known places and landscapes.

No matter where in the world he is, he is always seeking out one thing: light. “Lighting is everything in photography,” Johnny says. “I prioritize the light over everything else, and just keep on shooting. Dramatic weather days are some of my favorites. I will also take a stormy day with a chance of awesome over clear, high-pressure days. The experience of being out there is sort of my meditation, I find it deeply rewarding on a personal level.”