The story of Rich Lofthus Photography

Hi and thanks for taking a look at my photography website. I am a North Dakota native and a graduate of the University of North Dakota, and I serve as Professor of History at Mount Marty University in Yankton, South Dakota. I have been an avid photographer for over twenty years and my approach to photography reflects my life-long connection to the Great Plains, a fascination with the American West, and multiple trips to photograph the architecture and historical sights of Europe. I admire the work of photographers such as Jim Brandenburg and Tom Mangelsen. The subject matter of my photography often features landscapes, architecture and wildlife found on the Great Plains and the American West, and most of my images were collected by eschewing Interstate Highways and driving on “Roads Less Traveled.” As a professor who specializes in the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries, my teaching often focuses on war and destruction, but photography enables me to change gears and focus on the beauty of this world. Photography provides me with an opportunity to record and share that aesthetic experience with others and my work attempts to portray the subject matter in a realistic manner, and has not been altered with the use of computer software programs such as High Dynamic Range. My photographs are used in various publications and as a means to enhance the environment in places like the Pavilion and Northern Lights addition to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota as well as other professional offices and private homes.

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Wendy Jenner of Concord, MA

“There are a fair amount of lovely photos out there, but we like your work especially, it does not seem sentimental and you have a sense of humor about nature, and a great eye for design. I've traveled to nearly all the places you've photographed, and your work recalls the awe most simply. Most of the other photos I've seen insisted on tricks of light or other gimmicky visual commentary.””