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"After 16 years of running a busy dairy farm along the banks of the Connecticut River in Maidstone, Vt., Roger Irwin decided to close up the barns and focus instead on a hobby he has had a passion for since he was in high school - Nature photography. Irwin, who grew up on his parents' Maidstone farm, had started capturing his world with an eight-millimeter movie camera when he was a boy. When he went off to Vermont Technical College, he switched to using a 35-millimeter print camera and honed his skills by taking photos for the school's yearbook. After a stint as an Army medic in 1970-1972, he enrolled at Lyndon State College on the GI Bill to study natural history. Wildlife photography soon became his obsession."
(Written by Gene Elhert)
Wild New England
"Welcome to this exhibition of exquisite wildlife photographs created by Roger Irwin of Maidstone, Vermont. Roger Irwin has spent the past years as a professional photographer, mastering the genre of nature photography close to home in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the North Country of New Hampshire.
Roger's work draws upon a keen eye as a naturalist; a deep knowledge of the woods and wildlife of his home ground; a profound appreciation for the aesthetic nuance inherent in both landscapes and animals; and technical perfection. His photographs remind us of the moments of exhilaration and reflection that nature and wildlife offer to us all.
"Nature photography takes patience," says Roger. "You spend a lot of time waiting and watching to get just a few photographs. During the moose rutting season I'm out three or four days a week searching for just the right shot. It's very challenging and I love it.""
"Roger Irwin... has devoted himself to his passion for shooting images in the wild. Hiking moose paths and paddling remote ponds, Irwin takes his remarkable images within a radius of his home in Maidstone, along the Connecticut River in the Northest Kingdom. " I sit in blinds for hundreds of hours to get photos of the elusive bobcat and feel the excitement of that moment," says Irwin., "or experience the thrill of calling in a large-racked bull moose to within a few yards, and you are sure he can hear your heart pounding and will run before he is close enough to get the shot.""
(Vermont Life Magazine)
National Moose Foundation, National Geographic, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept. - Journals & Calendars, New Hampshire Fish and Game Dept. - Journals & Calendars, Ducks Unlimited, Saab-Scania Company, Vermont Life Magazine, Smugglers Notch Resort, Northern Woodlands Magazine, Northern Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, Italian Heart Foundation, Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, etc.
Roger's works can be seen throughout northern Vermont & New Hampshire even though there is a lack of local area galleries. Whether it's a home, camp, resort, hotel, restaurant, small shop, or nature center, your just apt to see one of Roger's photo's hanging on the wall. He has had one-man shows at the Vermont Govenor's Office gallery, the Fairbanks Museum, and several regional hospital galleries. During the summer months he can be seen at several outdoor art festivals such as: The Littleton Arts Show - Littleton, NH (4 best of show awards), The White Mountains Art & Artisan Festival - Jackson, NH (2 best of show awards), Art in the Park - Plymouth, NH (4 best of show awards), The Woodstock Art Festival - Woodstock, VT, The Moose Festival - Colebrook, NH, and the Lancaster Fair - Lancaster, NH.
If you are in the area of Maidstone, VT, & would like to view his works at his in-home gallery, please contact him for an appointment.
6 page Vermont Life spread
VT Fish & Wildlife Calendar
Roger's in-home Gallery