Bill, in Death Valley Bill Dahl's passion for photography began in the 1970s, when he borrowed a camera from a friend and roamed the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin creating images. He moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1973, where he worked as a hardware and software designer. Bill is now retired and makes his home in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park. His photographs have appeared in juried shows and won awards in Santa Barbara, Ojai, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms. He is a member of the Twentynine Palms Gallery, the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs, and participates in the annual Hwy. 62 Open Studio Art Tours. His photographs appear in six books: Shared Visions, Shared Visions II, In the Mojave, Desert Dweller, Mythic Rockscapes: Barker Dam Trail, Joshua Tree National Park, and Mythic Rockscapes: Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park, available at

For me, black and white photography is an exciting medium that I use to create evocative images. I first learned this art form in the 1970s by studying the masters—Ansel Adams, Minor White, Paul Caponigro, Edward Weston, and Bret Weston. Now I use the vast resources of the Internet to hone my shooting and digital post-processing skills. When shooting, I clear my mind and rely on intuition as I wander. Eventually something catches my eye, and I pay close attention to these inner signals, which help me discover perspectives that might otherwise be overlooked. I hope that my images evoke an emotional reponse in the viewer. My goal is to show something that hasn’t been seen before or that can't quite be explained. I am especially inspired by majesty and mystery of California’s deserts, the Eastern Sierra, and the rockscapes of Joshua Tree National Park.

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