Snow’s Place Photography of August Schilling

Ashland Oregon Photographer, August Schilling

Ashland Oregon Photographer, August Schilling

August Schilling lives in Ashland, Oregon, where he has spent the last two decades practicing a trade, pursuing dreams and passions, raising a child, and watching her transform into an amazing young adult.
 
After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1991, he chose to take a few years to live in the Sierra Nevada mountain range to catch up on his skiing and to focus on discovering whether or not he could make his way as a bicycle racer.
 
Somewhat auspiciously, he did not hold himself to his intended path of academia and self promotion, but allowed the tides to carry him where they did, and he found himself in Southern Oregon polishing his skills as an arborist, having taken his first tree industry job right after university as a means of carrying himself into his first ski season. He could not have known that twenty two years later he would call arboriculture his profession, that he would be watching a daughter moving onto university herself, and that he would follow a patient path back to photography, the discipline which he had so actively pursued as his primary discipline while achieving his art degree.
 
It simply all fit together so well that he couldn't have chosen it to manifest in any other manner. Working in the tree every day for years reminded him of his love of the outdoors in any environment or condition. Watching a child discover the world one miraculous discovery at a time reconnected him with his love of observing and learning. Taking photographs throughout enables him to tell the story unequivocally, without any of the ambiguity of written English.
 
It is August's hope that through photography he is able to encourage others to see the beauty of the world in both intimate detail and grand overview, to notice the extraordinary aspects of everyday encounters, and to enjoy what we have while we have it.
 
It may be the case that the world is degrading and moving towards human dominated toxic hegemony. If this is the case, August's photos may at best remind conservationists what it is that they are fighting for, or at worst serve as a record of what has been for the edification of future generations.