Journey through the American landscape with Richard Olsenius. His music and imagery come together in a visual narrative that goes beyond  images on a page. These are meditations on the value of preserving our wild places. 

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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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Landscape Photography, Video & Music by Richard Olsenius

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Our landscape shapes who we are and how we live.  Land defines us on our journey through life. South of Tucson, the mountains and desert define the architecture of the homes and the habitat that surround them. The Southwest easily contains larger-then-life icons whether they are the mountains called “Sky Islands,” or a lonely artifact of somebody’s dream.

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Photo ©2018 by Richard Olsenius

Grand Teton National Park


Journey to the American West with Richard Olsenius, composer and National Geographic photographer. Richard Olsenius, American Landscape photography. Also journeys to the Chesapeake Bay, Inside Passage and Northwest Passage

I remember some years ago saying that if I ever slowed down a bit, I’d love to do it in Arizona. South of Tucson there is a “sky island” called the Santa Rita Mountains. During the late summer monsoons moisture is drawn over these mountains creating storms and cloud formations that reach from the sky to the ground. I will never tire of this and will share these images from time to time.

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A Place



Finding Home

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©2018 photograph by Richard Olsenius. American Landscape Photography. Long Horn Grill, South of Tucson, Arizona. American Landscape Photography by Landscape photographer Richard Olsenius
©2019 photo by Richard Olsenius. American Landscape photography of micro-burst thunder storm along the Santa Rita Mountains in Arizona
©2019 photo by Richard Olsenius. American Landscape photo. of late setting sun breaking through storm cloud along the Santa Rita Mountains.
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Birthday Party on Battle Harbour, Labrador. ©2020 by Richard Olsenius

Then one day it suddenly happened.  Almost overnight everything changed, like the wind coming from a direction we didn’t know was possible. At first and ever so slightly, the way we looked at one another began to change. And now you can feel it as a large

wave, this feeling of common shared humanity in the face of Covid 19. 

My mind goes back a number of years when my wife, Christine, and I were fortunate to spend time on a remote island off the coast of Labrador called Battle Harbour.  I was amazed how this small community echoed visions of some past time where everyone had to learn how to amuse themselves, how to make do with the changing seasons and the harsh weather. Family was the core there, and fishing and watching the giant icebergs that broke off from Greenland drifting by ever-so-slowly.  The community lived with simple routines of baking bread, mending nets, or visiting with friends who would stop by unannounced by just coming in the front door and sitting down.  No hurry, finish up what you’re doing and then pour a cup of tea.

There was a birthday party being held just down the path and the young girls had put on their special dresses and the moms appeared with food and babies in their arms. Voices in the distance signaled another group coming from the other side of the island. This event seemed to reinforce the feeling of community by celebrating the simple acts of being with friends, playing games and sharing food. It’s not likely the world will return to some nostalgic time such as this. But maybe this biological speed bump we’ve hit will allow us to relearn how to keep life and its priorities, in perspective.