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

Somewhere North of Dayton, Ohio, ©2014 Richard Olsenius

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Photography by National Geographic photographer Richard OlseniusAlbums,_The_Black_%26_White_and_Color_Work_of_Richard_Olsenius.html
Arctic Ibook by Richard OlseniusDVD_Pieces/Pages/Arctic_Odyssey.html
©2013 Richard Olsenius, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
©2013 Richard Olsenius, Dog stories book.

Field of Dreams

Late in the afternoon on a lonely county road north of Dayton, Ohio, I was pulling my Airstream with my wife on a trip home to Minnesota. The road was smooth, much better then the battered Interstate and almost void of traffic. The country rush-hour was past and a flat gray light had descended over the fields of drying corn. No radio, no talk, just the sound of the road and a slight pull and lift from the truck to remind me there’s a 6,000 lb. trailer following on a hitch. So suddenly I see this field of rusting cars.  It caught me in an unusual way. Was it the vast patina of the rust? And the way the weeds and grasses had claimed a hold over this strange lonely collection of vintage cars that pulled a deep lost-in-time feeling from within me.  It seemed each bruised and rusted piece was placed just right and their vital parts were exposed in a beautiful grotesque way where weeds filled the engine and interior spaces. We stood there thinking, If only each car could recite their stories about it’s life. Maybe most lived within simple dreams just down the road. Or what about that one that led the 4th of July parade on main street or carried the farmer’s boy on his first date or the young girl making out at the local drive-in. Or maybe the story about the big trip out “West” with two kids in the back seat fighting most of the way.  But I’ve said  way too much as the image speaks for itself and really doesn’t need me to ramble on like I have.  But thanks for reading.

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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An American Landscape collection Stills & 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

American Landscape Gallery celebrates

the beauty and wilderness so essential to our lives.

Acadia National  Park Video by Richard Olsenius
Solitudes music and Video by Richard OlseniusSolitudes/Pages/Solitudes_Music_and_Video_by_Richard_Olsenius.html

An Autumn Music Video

Acadia video ©2014 Richard Olsenius

©2014 Rusted Cars in Ohio by Richard Olsenius