Jeff Luker has been trampled by a horse, caught in a flash flood, lost in the desert, stalked by a mountain lion, swarmed by bees and bitten by a marmot. Fortunately, he carries a camera around with him to document his adventures and all the things that happen in between. Most days you can find Jeff roaming through the forests of the Pacific Northwest or traveling the open road looking for a nice place to pitch his tent..
WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR LANGLY?
I always have my trusty Yashica T4, my Contax T2, Contax G2, and sometimes my Nikon FM2. There is also a big bag of Kodak Portra 400 film and usually some hand sanitizer, cause you never know.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO EXPLORE?
I think I am just a restless spirit at heart and I am always happiest when I am on the road, seeing new places, watching the landscapes change. There is just so much out there to see and do. The feeling you get from finding and seeing new places and things, it motivates you to keep searching for more.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
As a kid I was really inspired by American adventure tales of people like Jack London, Mark Twain and Jack Kerouac. So wanting to get out and travel and see the country was ingrained in my brain since I was young. It felt like something I had to do. And once I was out there the inspiration just comes from all the people I meet and the places I see along the way. Having stories to tell, hearing other people's stories, it really inspires me to want to keep taking photos.
FILM VS DIGITAL?
To be honest I shoot film when I am on the road, taking photos. But I have learned to come to terms with shooting digital for work and I actually can appreciate both film and digital for what they have to offer. But when it comes to my own personal work, I'll always stick with film.
WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE PHOTO?
It's hard to select just one, but one I always think about is a photo I took of a Bison in Wyoming. I was in the passenger seat of a car and suddenly this huge animal just appeared next to us on the road, its head was all snow covered and I could see the steam of its breath, it was so close I felt like I could reach out and touch it, so I just grabbed my camera and snapped a shot, then it disappeared back into the forest.