Whether backpacking through the Grand Teton National Park or traveling in Malaysia, Jason Sampson is searching for his next breathtaking landscape photo.
The Chandler 35-year-old spends many nights and weekends documenting his travels with his landscape, travel and nature photography.
“It’s life changing experiencing the beauty of the outdoors,” he said. “Photography is an avenue to share that for people who can’t go there.”
Sampson is a self-taught photographer who just started getting into digital photography before a trip to New Zealand four years ago with his wife Laurel. He marveled at 360-degree panoramas he found on the Internet, so he bought a digital camera and started taking his own photos. He soon became hooked and began lugging his camera equipment everywhere.
“I like big landscapes, shots of mountains, flowers, cactus and the occasional wildlife,” said Sampson, who grew up in eastern Washington. “I look for textures and abstracts, and I like to go for different types of shots. I try to do something a little different and challenge the viewers a little bit more.”
Through work he’s traveled to Malaysia, India and Japan, and used those opportunities to take more photos. Every year he also takes backpacking trips with his wife, and has taken photos of many of the country’s national parks.
Sampson is a business continuity and disaster recovery program manager for Intel, and makes sure his division is prepared for any disasters that may come to the company, such as fires or water breaks in the computer room.
About three years ago he began a Web site and started selling his photography. He does his own printing, cutting, matting and framing of his pictures at his home.
A year-and-a-half ago he was encouraged by a co-worker and his wife to begin publicly showing his art. He’s since participated in three shows in Tucson and Prescott.
Next month Sampson will lead his first Digital Photography in the Desert walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. He’ll provide basic instructions on desert photography and take participants to his favorite spots.
Paul Wolterbeek, the Arboretum’s volunteer program coordinator, said he is amazed at Sampson’s work.
“Capturing landscapes is one of those elusive qualities that few photographers have,” he said. “How many times have you stopped for a picture of thunderclouds, shadows, mountains or a sunset and been disappointed with the results? That’s what amazes me about Jason’s work, his skill with sunlight and shadow and geography.”
Web site: To see Jason Sampson’s photography, visit
Desert walk: To sign up for Sampson’s “Digital Photography in the Desert” walk 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, call (480) 213-8442 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.