Bio about Forest Woodward
Internationally published and awarded photographer and filmmaker based between the Gunnison Valley of Colorado and Western North Carolina
I grew up in rural Appalachia. As a homeschooled child of alternatively minded parents, I was given freedom from an early age to explore the world through a creative and inquisitive lens.
Starting at age ten I began to formally study traditional photographic techniques. I became the youngest student ever to attend the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, where I studied traditional zone system under Ansel Adam's former student, Neil Chaput de Saintonge. Over the course of the next decade I developed a backgrounded rooted in an appreciation and understanding of zone system and classical black and white 4x5 technical fine printing.
After receiving BA degrees in Sociology and Spanish, I graduated with Phi Betta Kappa honors from UNC Chapel Hill and spent my twenties and early thirties living in communities that drew my interest around the US; from New York City to a roadless rural community of 100 residents in the North Cascades.
During those years I continued the self education which I began at an early age as a homeschooler, traveling to over fifty countries and six continents, seeking to better understand the human condition and our relation to the natural world while continually seeking to evolve my craft as a storyteller; expanding into the fields of film and prose, and supporting my personal projects through commercial and editorial assignments.
My work continues to be influenced by a foundational appreciation for and connection too landscape and the humans who call it home. I am interested in the confluence of modernization and rural and traditional communities as well as our long and short term effects upon the planet we live on.
At it's core my work is rooted in a desire to more deeply connect with and understand our shared human experience.
National Geographic Adventure
Garden & Gun
Canoe & Kayak
SELECT CLIENT LIST:
2019 - (People) of Water - director (5point Film festival winner - Creative Excellence)
2018 - The Time Travelers - codirector (Wasatch MF winner - Shane Mcconkey award)
2018 - Sacred Strides - codirector - (Official selection Banff MFF, Telluride MFF)
2017 - Sky Migrations - codirector - (Wasatch MF winner - Environmental Awareness)
2016 - Ace and the Desert Dog - codirector (Official selection Banff MFF, Telluride MFF)
2015 - Frank and the Tower - codirector (5point Film festival winner - Pure Joy)
2015 - The Important Places - codirector (Banff MFF winner - Mountain Short / 5point Film Festival - Most Inspiring)
Represented by RAY BROWN