Photographs of Rocky Holland, a photographer based in McKean County.
Rocky Holland of Eagle Eye Photography has been photographing the beauty of the Pennsylvania Wilds and beyond for more than 30 years, showcasing the wildlife and scenic views the area has to offer.
“My goal is to get people out and about to explore and photograph the diverse ecosystem we offer here in the Pennsylvania Wilds and beyond,” explained Holland.
The self-taught photographer admits that nature photography can be “a hit or miss adventure.”
His studio is the outdoors, so he never knows what he is going to run into during a day’s work.
“Being at the right place at the right time is essential to any photographer’s success. My basic techniques are sometimes planned and many times spontaneous,” he said.
Years of observing wildlife has provided insights to the artisan, who can identify a bald eagle nearly at first sight and even before it has developed its signature white head and tail feathers.
This knowledge has helped him to locate spots for being successful on a day’s hunt for a good image.
“I hope to continue offering the best possible images of nature for now and future generations,” he said.
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.