I am a fourth generation photographer.
My great grandfather, Daniel Marion West, opened a photography studio in the early twentieth century in Maries County, Missouri. My grandfather, Harry Gordon West learned about photography in my great grandfather’s studio. My grandfather was a fine portrait painter and his award-winning photographs traveled in national salon exhibitions throughout the U.S, Canada, and Europe. My father, Kenneth Gordon West Sr., grew up learning about photography and art from his father and later pursued a career in the graphics arts. He became a nationally recognized leader and pioneer in the graphic arts industry.
In the master apprentice tradition, I learned about the principles of photography from both my grandfather and father. By applying these principles and using today’s digital technology, I capture the dynamic range of light and color present in the landscapes of Iowa and Kansas.
My landscape photography has been exhibited at the National Center for Nature Photography, America’s first and only center devoted exclusively to nature photography. My exhibition prints are displayed in corporate and institutional settings as well as in private homes.
Photo News: ● One of my landscape photographs was selected to appear on the book cover of Pulitzer Prize winning and international best selling author Marilynne Robinson's newest book, Lila. ● One of America’s oldest running Public Television shows, Market to Market, redesigned its set incorporating my landscape photographs. Market to Market has been on the air for 40 years and is broadcast weekly in 20 states. ● A collection of my landscape photographs, titled "The Sweet Light", was exhibited at the National Center for Nature Photography, America's first and only center totally devoted to nature photography. ● I was selected to photograph five of Iowa's Scenic Byways: Grant Wood, Delaware Crossing, Historic Hills, Western Skies, and the Loess Hill National Scenic Byway. ● A feature story about me and my photography appeared on the IPT show, Iowa Outdoors.