Photography has been my main passion since, well, forever.
I took my first pictures at age 8, in 1997. As I experimented, my photography grew broader and more extensive, encompassing a variety of styles and subjects, ranging through many different perspectives, with each photo having its own style. I kept taking photos until in 2003 at age 14, my computer drives stuffed with literally hundreds of thousands of images and no way of sharing them with the world, alecphoto.com was born.
For photos taken since June 2009, I used a Canon EOS-5D Mark II digital SLR. Starting in 2005, I used a Panasonic Lumix FZ-20. Before that, I used a Kodak Easyshare DX6440.
In spite of being inseparable from his camera equipment, computer, and cell phone, Alec loved nature.
He often painstakingly took hours and days arranging to capture a perfect image like Afternoon Tea, a chipmunk sipping tea from a china teacup with cake and silverware at the ready, and First Day, First Light, a magical image taken after driving all night to the eastern edge of the US in Lubec, Maine at the dawn of a new year. Other pictures required a quick eye and shutter to capture. Lynx Triplets caught three lynx cubs posing perfectly together on a fallen tree at Mosquito Lake, Alaska; the Dancing Bear is a near-impossible shot of a grizzly bear cub as he stood up on one toe for a better view of the photographer; Jetstream captures sky-filling blood red clouds raked down the middle like a scar; and Stolen Kiss captures a tender moment between two bobwhite quail, with bystanders watching in bewilderment.
For Alec, Heaven was a quiet and calm journey deep out of doors until he unwound at the perfect spot. Then and there, flora and fauna recognized his peaceful presence and showed him how astonishingly beautiful they really are.
Alec passed away peacefully on July 2nd, 2019. He is with us always and will be forever. There will never be another Alec Hartman.