Charm City is many things, though not everyone is aware that it’s also a hotspot full of talented nature and landscape artists. Nestled at the mouth of the Inner Harbor, Baltimore is blessed with an array of scenic landscapes and landmarks that draw visitors year-round. Whether you’re in the market for fine art or simply want to browse images of gorgeous natural scenes, here are the top landscape photographers in Baltimore.
While Jay Moore’s roots are in the Pacific Northwest, Baltimore is where he now calls home. The scenic Cascades, Pacific Ocean, and other marvels of the PNW inspired Jay to become immersed in nature, taking in scenery through photography. That part of the world still calls to him, with Antelope Canyon, California, Zion, and other West Coast attractions playing a large role in his portfolio. Jay aims to re-create the emotions of wonder, appreciation, and peace that people experience while trekking in the outdoors. In his own words, “My hope is to stir memories for people who have viewed the beauty of these places and inspire others to explore these majestic locations for themselves.”
Jimi Jones is one of the most talented Baltimore landscape photographers for good reason. Ever since he first picked up a camera, Jimi has sought to create art that goes beyond mere documentation of a landscape. His landscape images have a polished, occasionally minimalist feel to them. He seeks to capture something that evokes an emotion or thought in the viewer, and he succeeds masterfully. Most of his portfolio highlights picturesque places around the Mid-Atlantic region, covering Washington, DC; Maryland; Virginia; and Pennsylvania. This gives his work focus and allows him to find new ways of showcasing the area that casual explorers would otherwise easily miss.
3. Dave Friskey of Spoticus Photography
Dave Friskey’s fine art is characterized by a vibrant, punchy color palette that often retains strong influences from his specialization as a commercial photographer. His work never shies away from richly saturated color tones and glowing Milky Way and city lights against the deep purples of the night sky. His stunning photography treats the viewer to a point of view of the world as Dave sees it: pulsing with color, light, and character. When not covering portraits and commercial photography in Baltimore, Dave backpacks across the western states, as well as the Mid-Atlantic and New England region. This gives his portfolio a strong contrasting element. David moves from studio lights and big city portrait shoots to ice-covered lakes and clear desert skies with a fluency few photographers can match.
4. Lee Goodwin
A skilled Baltimore landscape photographer, Lee Goodwin specializes in the Mid-Atlantic area, which includes Washington, DC; Chesapeake Bay; and the countryside of both Maryland and Virginia. There appears to be a theme throughout his work; for example, his Chesapeake Bay images are focused primarily around the critical juncture of where water meets land, serving as a reflection of the easily missed yet critical importance of wetlands to healthy ecosystems.
Lee’s specialization makes his photography extremely in-demand across the region, and numerous prominent organizations have featured his work, including the Maryland State House of Delegates Offices, Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, the Aquilino Cancer Center, and other private and public collections worldwide. While Lee has immense talent as a photographer his full-time job as a renewable energy lawyer also helps preserve natural ecosystems through the development and financing of green energy projects across the nation.
Using her artistic sensibilities and talent for composition and framing, Kathleen Hertel uses her photography as an invitation for viewers to take in the world around them, to appreciate natural wonders that may only be accessible with a plane ticket or by browsing her diverse gallery. As an insightful wildlife and nature photographer, Kathleen spends much of her time wandering through some of the most scenic locations around the world, with East Africa and the Arctic being prominent in her portfolio. Her landscape photography is expansive and inviting as it often includes mountains, high-contrast lighting color profiles, and rich details within rock, vegetation, and the occasional critter for scale.
Karen Klinedinst is a fine art nature photographer whose work has been featured across the nation, including Maryland Art Place, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and the Biggs Museum of Art. Karen’s work has strong roots in the fine art genre as much as traditional landscape photography. Most of her images are inspired by the 19th Century Hudson River School of painting. As a result, her portfolio shows off breathtaking misty hills and rivers, layered compositions, and landscapes from the eastern part of the country. We love how her work inspires beauty through nostalgia, skill, and recognition. Karen’s photographs have a dreamy, often contemplative feel with tons of robust detail and tasteful vignetting.