Christopher Peters is a Seattle-based photographer who showcases the landscape of the West Coast and it’s thriving mountain bike community. When combined, these two distinct entities form what he likes to call the DIRT COAST. Mountain Biking and photographing riders are his primary passions. However, in an effort to preserve balance and perspective he will often step-away from the world of knobby tires to pursue other curiosities involving various board-sports and backcountry explorations.
Everyday-life in the Pacific Northwest, coupled with an admiration for the oil paintings of 19th Century Europe and North America, drive the creative energy in his images. Solitude and human insignificance within a vast and powerful landscape are common themes. Emotion in lieu of a subject or truth are frequently portrayed. During shoots he encourages the athlete(s) to maneuver thoughtfully so as to enhance the energy, light and beauty of the natural space. Not all of his athlete-featured images are composed; viewers can assume some were taken candidly with the subject in the most organic state of thought and movement.
With a general attitude of “living for today,” he anticipates growth as an Artist and will continue to search for his own version of “work that matters”. In what often seems like a dog-eat-dog world, Christopher envisions a community of artists, athletes and daydreamers collaborating instead of competing, where a creative and collective energy is rooted in kindness, respect and pure-stoke for generating work that represents the unique and diverse nature of Perspective.
Christopher’s primary career is in community service where he currently works full-time as a Firefighter. He’s a proud veteran who served as a Flight Medic in the campaigns of the Middle East. While deployed, he completed multiple aeromedical evacuation missions, ensuring that the men and women who where wounded overseas reached the safety of home. Occasionally, you can find him making an appearance as a Drummer, tossing sticks for Blues, Reggae and Funk bands. Christopher was born in Northern California, raised in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree after attending CAL POLY, San Luis Obispo and San Diego State University. Creative code can be traced back to his DNA. His father is a painter, teacher and master of fine arts, while his mother is a professionally trained opera singer from the halls of The New England Conservatory of Music. Though he has no formal schooling in photographraphic methods, he prefers the use of DSLR cameras as his primary medium. Recently, he has been experimenting with various craft-art concepts and anticipates their presence in his future work for display and purchase.
Favorite Quote: “The days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, I have really good days.” -Ray Wylie Hubbard
Influential Artists/Writers/Creators: Albert Bierstadt, Caspar David Friedrich, Sven Nykvist, Stephanie Nitsch, Chris Benchetler, Eric Pollard, Eddie Vedder, Myrna Massey, Yolandi Visser, Thom Yorke, Ben Harper, Bjork
Influential Athletes: Lindsey Van, Claire Smallwood, Carie Graves, Eric Pollard, Chris Benchetler, Rob Machado