Nature's Rainbow

Dallas Divide - 2013


Un Uomo Buono

Un Uomo Buono - 2005

For photographer Ryan Hollis, a single image he took in Rome following the death of Pope John Paul II showed him the power of a still image and set him on his path to becoming a photographer. The poignant image shows a boy tenderly touching an oversized depiction of the Pope, simultaneously demonstrating both loss and love. When Hollis took the photograph, he was only 21.

Completely self-taught, Hollis has travelled the world to hone his craft, capturing images of the landscapes and people of Argentina, Australia, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, western Europe, and most of the United States.

He began traveling solely for photographic purposes in 2006 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in business from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. He went on to get a Master’s in accounting while gaining experience as a photographer, including living in his car for two summers in pursuit of photography. His work from those summers premiered at his first solo show, which was at Backwoods Gallery in Southern Arkansas.

Lately, the majority of Hollis’ work is focused on capturing the western states, including National Parks and forests, merging his love for photography and his passion for nature and hiking. He often finds himself off the beaten path to document places rarely seen to show the beauty and brilliance in what most people miss.

“The most peaceful moments in my life is when the shutter clicks — the noise, the anticipation, the culmination of a vision into a single, perfect moment captured by the camera,” Hollis said.

Hollis, a native of Buffalo, NY, lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife, Megan, and their pets, Sammie the cat and Tucker, 75-lb Golden Retriever.