American Landscape

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Richard Olsenius

Experience a musical and photographic adventure across the American landscape. Travel along the Alaskan and Canadian Inside Passage, journey through the Midwest in Search of Lake Wobegon, glide down the dark Amazon beyond your familiar edge. Sail the Chesapeake, explore Puget Sound.

Richard Olsenius takes you on an odyssey from the Arctic to the deep reaches of the Amazon River through original music, photography and video that spans over 40 years and includes much of his work from National Geographic Magazine. Richard Olsenius has been shooting film and video and composing music inspired by the American Landscape since 1975. His landscape photography and documentary work has been published in newspapers, magazines and international organizations around the world. His assignments span from the Arctic to South America, and from Europe to SE Asia. But the heart of his work features the people and places of the American Landscape.

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“Our landscape is one of the main characters in our lives.

It shapes who we are and connects us to our past.”

Landscape Photography, Video & Music by Richard Olsenius

Sunset Wye River Chesapeake Bay, ©2014 Richard Olsenius

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©2013 Richard Olsenius, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
©2013 Richard Olsenius, Dog stories book.

At Anchor on the Chesapeake

Maybe it comes after years of always being on the go, but recently I found myself  and my wife Christine anchored on the Wye River of the Chesapeake for 4 days with no desire to move the boat. We sat and watched each day unfold and created a simple routine of preparing meals, reading and watching the clouds
Wye River, Chesapeake Bay ©2014 Richard Olsenius
.  I’ve sailed the Northwest Passage from Alaska to Greenland, The Inside Passage to Alaska twice, and most of the U.S. East Coast down to South America and yet the simple act of sitting and watching the sky from a quiet rural anchorage is just as amazing and inspiring. 

So many feel they have to travel far distances to be inspired or feel alive. I contend that those who find joy looking upon the land they live on, closeup and intimate are given a simple gift that finds it’s place deep inside one’s character. Take a fresh look around where you live, I think you’ll be surprised.

American Landscape Gallery celebrates

the beauty and wilderness so essential to our lives.

2013 Richard Olsenius, Inuit hunter In Northwest Passage.
©2013 American Landscape Film Music by Richard Olsenius

This newly released album of my music on iTunes is inspired by two journeys in a small boat along the Inside Passage. This passage, nearly 1200 miles long, begins among the low-slung islands of Puget Sound near Seattle and winds its way northward to Glacier Bay through seemingly endless channels and bays that are bordered by the majestic mountains of the Pacific Northwest. It is truly one of the last wild places left on this North American landscape. 

As a photographer and composer, this adventure was not recorded with words but with a visual and musical vocabulary etched by water, wind, mountains and ice. Everyone's life needs at least one great journey, a journey that can fold back all the layers that obscure the meaning of our days.  I hope this musical journey along the Inside Passage will inspire your hopes and dreams for tomorrow. You can sample the music on iTunes by clicking on the label to the left.

Music Inspired by the American Landscapes - Film Music Volume 1

Midway along the vast Atlantic coastline lies a large estuary where freshwater from a hundred streams blends with saltwater from the ocean. It is called the Chesapeake Bay - an Algonquin term for “land along the big river.”  More Info >>>

©2013 Richard Olsenius. Image of Minneapolis high school student
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Explore the American Landscape in our Stills and Video Gallery

New Video (view trailer) by Richard OlseniusDVD_Pieces/Pages/Chesapeake_Visions.html
Chesapeake Visions Video by Richard Olsenius
Chesapeake Visions Video by Richard Olsenius