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Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship Fund

A young adult backpacker in Colorado.

In July 2013, Aurora and the whole photographic community lost a talented and rising young photographer, Patrick Orton. At age 25, he was already a prolific shooter, capturing exciting and authentic images of outdoor adventure and lifestyle around his home base of Sagle, Idaho. Patrick embraced life to it’s fullest. It shows in his photography and is reflected in the faces and actions of those he photographed. Patrick was living his his dream as a photographer.

In his memory, Patrick’s family has established the Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship Fund, which is an incorporated 501 c3 in the State of Idaho. The scholarship fund will help a new generation of young people from Idaho to listen to their hearts and follow their dreams, specifically through furthering their education.

Patrick’s family writes, “Patrick was the recipient of several scholarships in his senior year at Sandpoint High. These funds assisted him in his photography education and in the pursuit of his dreams. Patrick was a strong believer that one should give back as well as receive. He mentored a number of younger photographers and helped many people discover and pursue their dreams. He gave back in many ways.”

Aurora Photos invites you to join us in honoring the life and photography of Patrick Orton by making a donation to the Patrick Orton Live Your Dreams Scholarship Fund.  A donation may be made at any branch of Wells Fargo Bank or the website: http://www.patrickorton-liveyourdreams.com/

Aurora Photos will continue to manage and represent the photography of Patrick Orton on behalf of his estate. Patrick’s body of work can be seen here.

Thank you for helping to keep the memory and vision of Patrick alive.

Guillermo Cervera Exhibition in New York City

Aurora Photos photographer Guillermo Cervera will have his first solo exhibit at Anastasia Photo in New York City from October 24, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

Work on display will include selections from 20 years of documenting armed conflict and social issues globally as well as work featured in HBO’s upcoming film, THE LAST PATROL.

Uprising in Libya

HBO’s THE LAST PATROL, debuting November 10th, features Cervera and two combat veterans. They join award-winning journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger as they embark on a walk along the train tracks from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, and then to Pittsburgh. Anastasio Photos says of the film: “Making their way through ghettos, suburbs, farms and woods in multiple trips spanning a year, they re-create the incredible closeness and interdependence of soldiers in combat while discovering the pulse of America.” Young people celebrate Gaddafi's  exit of Benghazi.

To see Cervera’s work, visit the Aurora Photos website here.

Au Volume 4: Imagery We’re Passionate About

Volume 4 of Aurora Photos’ quarterly publication gets to the heart of Aurora and the photography we are passionate about: Athletes performing near-miraculous feats of strength, agility and daring; adventurers facing down steep challenges and batting the elements; the majesty of untamed beauty and the natural world; and exotic far away lands that capture the imagination. This is who we are. This is Aurora. Check it out here: http://issuu.com/auroraphotos/docs/au_vol_4

A woman on a swing on a dock.

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Staying Creative with Woods Wheatcroft

For the past ten years, Woods Wheatcroft has been delivering unique images with a singular vision and heartfelt creativity to Aurora Photos. Woods’ work blends humor, sentiment, spirit, and spontaneity in a style that stands out from the pack. Recently Woods passed the 3000 image mark in the highly curated Aurora Collection — a testament to both his longevity and the quality of his photography. We took the occasion to ask Woods about his style and the methodology that brought him from 0 to 3000.

Click here to see a selection of the “Best Of” Woods Wheatcroft OR browse all of Woods’ 3000 images.

Aurora Photos: Your body of work is an interesting balance between candid found moments and situations that you create, and yet your style is consistent through and through. How do you maintain that consistent style when shooting with these different methods?

Woods Wheatcroft: The consistency of style and the blending of the methods is a result of trusting my eye and plaicng myself in situtations that ring true to me. For example, I stopped shooting sporting events because there is no reflective truth in the subject matter for me any longer… Candid moments are about being prepared and sometimes lucky and trusting that the moment that happens is front of me is the one intended for me to capture. The candid moments find me like they find anyone else. Being ready, having your camera with you and timing are all crucial ingredients. In the situations that I create, I work with close friends and willing creative people to create a controlled environment then allow it to come apart. As the controlled arena dissolves, there are inherently candid moments. Those are the ones I’m after.

[Au]: In addition to humor, there is a heartfelt sentimentality to much of your work. What other messages or meaning do you try to convey through your pictures?

WW: I like to generate an element of comfort in my pictures, trust if you will. I like the subject to be comfortable, open, free, trusting. I consider myself an affable person. Make people feel comfortable in front of the camera and that translates to how the photo, the moment, the image feels in the end. You can always spot discomfort and stiffness… I believe as photographers we can break that down. We have our tools. So when you ask about other messages and meaning in my photography words that come to mind include: lighthearted, openness, free spirited, fun and genuine.

Little boy, age 5 flying a paper airplane in a big wide open field.

[Au]: Can you talk a little bit about your process — when you are coming up with a concept for a set of images, how much of the shoot is scripted or really planned out for a given situation. How much improvisation happens in the course of shooting? Are you ever surprised by the results?

WW: I create a controlled creative space at first and then bust out from there. So it is scripted in some sense, in that i provide the scenarios, but really truly I am after the in between moments as it either comes together or breaks apart. Thee is always lots of improvisation. Tons. I’m after the surprise, so yes, I am always surprised by the results.

[Au]: Your photographic style is distinctive. I feel like when I’m looking through the Aurora archive, I can spot a Woods Wheatcroft photo almost immediately among other images. What advice would you have for other photographers on developing and nurturing their own style?

WW: Do your best to create the most honest reflection of how you see the world through how you live your life. Share this truth and intimacy. Many of my photos look very genuine…that’s because they are…and that’s because what i am doing or what someone very close to me is doing at that time is really what is happening!! And of course, the advice I was given a long time ago… Shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot. One of the only ways I see to hone your style is to practice and for photographers that means shooting. A lot. A style will eventually rise to the top of the pile.

A couple on a tandem bike.

[Au]: You did a great portrait project of people and their bikes. Do you have a favorite bike story?

WW: There’s no one favorite bike story other than the fact that the longer I worked on the bike project, the longer it took to get a portrait. I really started to get to know the people and it was an awesome feeling to dive in and befriend total strangers on their bikes and celebrate a mutual love of the freedom of two wheels.

[Au]: If you weren’t making pictures, what would you be doing?

WW: If I weren’t making pictures I would be making something else: food, art, shelter, friends, memories, and more experiences that take me down this precious road of life.

Click here to see a selection of the “Best Of” Woods Wheatcroft

Click here to browse all of Woods’ 3000 images