When it comes to exposing the majestic beauty of Mother Nature, photographer John Knopf has always strived to show it in the right light.
Knopf, who recently opened the Knopf Fine Art/Photography gallery at the Stratosphere, has journeyed far and wide to capture in his lens her great illuminated art shows In the process, he has become well known for his panoramic landscape views. Self taught, Knopf has traveled the world, accompanied by his dog Riley, half Rhodesian Ridgeback and half photography assistant, looking for the “perfect” shot, His photo sessions have been known to last for days as he hikes and searches from dawn to dusk and beyond, focusing on the magic moment.
“It’s not about the photo; it’s about the hunt,” he explains. “Getting the shot, no matter what obstacles are in the way, makes it worth it.”
Knopf told me that he will literally go through thousands of frames before ultimately deciding on the one that will become part of his collection. He strives to make each image unique and he personally chooses each one to ensure that it is custom-tailored to his eye. There are only 750 limited edition prints made of each image, including 50 artist proof prints. Each piece is numbered and signed by Knopf.
With the gallery being an homage to his and Riley’s travels and a glimpse at their stories, press and celebrities graced the gallery’s opening. Frankie Moreno, who headlines at the hotel, Carrot Top and Lorena Peril of FANTASY were also in attendance.
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn