PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORER of the most dramatic and remote landscapes in the American West.
Expeditionary, landscape, commercial, and technical documentary photography in Southwest USA and Grand Canyon. Specializing in wnvironmental, remote locations, and backcountry/wilderness photography.
A Different Story:
You would say Kristen M. Caldon is a little different from most: untamable russet hair, with or without sticks or sand in it at any given time, duct tape upgrading her clothing, an unexpected strength and fluidity in motion. She was not actually raised by wolves, although you may find yourself thinking of her as part wild, infinitely connected to, and aware of her surroundings in that animal way. Fiercely independent right from the start, she has been supporting herself since age 15, dreaming big and then making things happen. Ambition is ingrained. When Kristen found Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula Montana and researched what the area had to offer, she packed her car and left Connecticut knowing she had found her spiritual home in the wide open spaces of the West. After photography school, Kristen soon landed in Flagstaff, Arizona and then quickly fell headlong into the supportive community of master photographers and painters whose influence can be seen through her photographic work and exceedingly high professional standards.
With grace, swallow the NEED for Grand Canyon, give her respect, and never take her power for granted, no matter your experience.
A Driving Passion:
As Kristen gained experience trekking solo in deserts and mountains, the hunger for more became ravenous. She needed more challenge, more difficult terrain, and she started seeking out the most remote, extreme places she could. It did not take long before she found the Grand Canyon and realized that this place held a lifetime of treasures to discover, all the challenge she could ever dream of, and something indefinably more. Once, after being unable to locate a food cache hidden for her, she thrashed up-canyon all day. Following the last of the day’s sun trailing up the slope, she clambered onto Shiva Saddle. In front of her was such a scene as she had never before encountered, and she was left stunned, fulfilled, and physically embraced by the Canyon. The Grand Canyon had granted her not only passage to its innermost depths, but also the enlightening vision to see and share the Canyon as precious few ever have.