Charles Judson is an award winning photographer who, oops, third person, sounds pretentious, starting over…

I am a T-shirt winning photographer who loves making images that suggest the beauty of the unpaved and natural places I visit, near and far. I love these places and the feelings they engender and if sharing an image can carry even a little bit of that to you, my sense of the place itself, an emotional message, then my photography will have value beyond a nice scene.  This goal and the refining of the process of approaching it, AKA personal growth as an artist/photographer, is something I think a lot about. Photography itself is fun and very technically interesting. Going for something more using photography as the medium is a journey, and a mysterious one. I am in transit in that regard and don’t expect to reach any particular destination in my lifetime.  That’s a good thing, I think.

I believe the places we hold as important and sacred, natural places, are threatened by many forces and trends and I hope my photographs may serve as a gentle reminder of what we have to lose:  My Inspiration



I have been taking pictures for 50 years, the last 10 of those dedicated to the landscape.

My beginnings were related to news photography because growing up in a newspaper family it was mostly news photographers who I met and admired. In my 20s I did some news work but mostly performed darkroom work for weekly newspapers, processing the work of others. I then went a different direction professionally and my photography was limited to 35mm slides of travels. Now though, photography is the door through which I see and explore the natural world.

I live in Sebastopol, California, where I am a part time consultant in a left-brain field (water quality) and a part-time participant in a right-brain world of photographic imagery.

Charlie Judson

p.s. I can’t now remember where I heard the T-shirt winning line but thanks to whoever said it.