Photographs of Kyle Yates, a photographer based in Jefferson County.
Kyle Yates is a multi-award-winning photographer and film-maker from Brookville, PA.
Yates photographs landscape, conceptual, portraiture, and editorial scenes from around the Pennsylvania Wilds and across the world.
An ordained pastor, photography is his side passion and part-time business.
Yates Photography was born from Room 28 Ministries. While a student at Warner University in 2005, Yates started Room 28 Ministries in room 28 of Spencer Dorm. Originally developed as a video-production service, Yates began to explore other media, including photography, graphic design, and Claymation, and his business began to incorporate them, too.
Today, he specializes in High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography and calls it "a photo style like none other."
He primarily works outdoors – capturing the beauty nature offers. Even when taking portraits, his work tends to accentuate the scenic qualities of the surroundings.
Yates uses a Canon 6D (80D backup), always on Manual mode. He also uses a wide assortment of lenses and lights.
“Post processing is where the art is made,” the photographer said. “In the digital darkroom I bring out the highlights and low-lights to create a scene that many mistake as a painting.”
These images were captured by Karen Heltzel as part of the 2018 Creative Makers Exhibit, a traveling showcase of creative makers working in the PA Wilds.
More about the show here. Proceeds from the sales of the Creative Makers Exhibit photographic tiles & posters will go back into the work of the Wilds Cooperative and the extension of this project as we will continue photographing the creative makers living and working in the PA Wilds.
Each tile measures 8 in x 8 in and is mounted on foam core that is approximately 3/4 in thick and comes with adhesive attached for wall mounting.
Please note: Orders for photographic tiles are placed in a batch at the end of each month with the vendor, and then take an additional 2 weeks for delivery. Please be prepared that your order could take 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Over 10 years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program. "Creative Makers" reflects the splendor and uniqueness of the Pennsylvania Wilds landscape and rural lifestyle, and the resourcefulness and talent of the artists who live and work here. PA Wilds Juried photographers captured the images, and our goal with the exhibit is to help tell the story of the creative individuals living and working in the PA Wilds.
This project is made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.
The PA Wilds is home to an impressive and diverse community of skilled artisans, craftspeople, and producers working across a variety of media. The PA Wilds Conservation Shop is proud to source and curate our shop using products made the many talented makers of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
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PA Wilds Conservation Shops are owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. To learn more about our nonprofit mission please visit pawildscenter.org.