Antarctica. The Mojave Desert. Greenland. The Drake Passage. Bhutan.

Roanoke photographer Sam Krisch has traveled all over the world, after taking up photography as an art form in 2008. Before then, he was a writer, predominantly of screenplays.


Krisch addressed the enthralled crowd in the Ruth C. Horton Gallery regarding how he captured his stunning landscape images. Imagine rocking back and forth on a boat in a rollicking sea with several other photographers, pushing yourself to the bow of the boat, splash be darned, in order to get the perfect picture of the 10-foot swells. Imagine sitting for hours in the cold, waiting for the perfect sunlight and finding the exact right angle in order to capture the image of an enormous iceberg you see so clearly in your head.

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Traveling to the far reaches of the earth may not be the adventure for everyone, but now through Sunday, February 1, 2015, you can experience the rush without leaving Blacksburg.

Krisch gives a second artist talk on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 6:45 p.m. For more from the opening reception for our winter exhibitions, click here.