Frank Serafini created backcountry images in 1994 as a forum to share his photographic adventures, writings, creative ideas and images. Since that time, Frank has traveled across the United States, New Zealand, Italy, Fiji, Canada, Britain, Australia and Mexico to bring back the finest in landscape images for your enjoyment. Backcountry images focuses primarily on the Southwestern United States, however, you will find images from many other locations included in this website.

backcountryimages motto:
My destiny is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.


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AddressPhoenix, AZ
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Dr. Frank Serafini is an author, illustrator, photographer, educator, musician, and a Professor of Literacy Education and Children’s Literature at Arizona State University. Frank has been traveling throughout the United States, in particular the Four Corners Region, wandering across the desert, through forests and along the Colorado Plateau creating images for over 25 years. Frank uses his photography to help others appreciate and protect our natural environment.

In 2008, Frank began writing and illustrating a series of non-fiction picturebooks focusing on nature with Kids Can Press in Toronto. The Looking Closely series contains books about the forest, desert, garden, pond, rainforest, and shore. These books are designed to get young readers to look at the world in new ways and expand their curiosity. A true “Renaissance Man,” Frank loves to travel, sing, play guitar, cook, draw, read, visit art galleries, and watch movies.

In addition, Frank travels around the world speaking about educational issues, such as reading education, children's literature, classroom discourse and reading comprehension. More information about Frank's educational endeavors is available: www.frankserafini.com

We now live in an age of digital manipulation. This world is not as different from the world of the traditional darkroom as one might imagine. Photographers have been manipulating their images since the first daguerrotype was printed. However, with the advent of the computer, the types of manipulation now possible have expanded exponentially. Software programs like Adobe Photoshop allow photographers to create composite images by blending parts of different images into one, or add elements that were never originally in the viewfinder. This is not my philosophy of photography. I use Photoshop and Lightroom to process my images in much the same way I used to work in the traditional darkroom. I often add contrast, set levels, adjust the exposure and add reasonable amounts of saturation to counter the effects of shooting in RAW. If you need to work for more than a few minutes on adjusting an image, you should have captured a better image. It is my hope that my digital adjustments will bring out the feelings and emotions I felt when I originally captured the image. In a world of increasing HDR manipulation, there comes a time to declare how much images are manipulated and be forthcoming with how these images are created.

My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.


All Photographs

New Releases

Visitors 163
20 photos
Created 15-Jan-11
Modified 15-Jan-11
New Releases

Monument Valley

Visitors 72
15 photos
Created 10-Nov-10
Modified 10-Nov-10
Monument Valley

Around Colorado

Visitors 63
15 photos
Created 1-Aug-10
Modified 1-Aug-10
Around Colorado

Rock Form Images

Visitors 43
10 photos
Created 31-Jul-10
Modified 31-Jul-10
Rock Form Images

Ancient Ruins

Visitors 54
14 photos
Created 8-Nov-10
Modified 8-Nov-10
Ancient Ruins

Around Arizona

Visitors 56
16 photos
Created 15-Jan-11
Modified 15-Jan-11
Around Arizona

Black & White Images

Visitors 54
18 photos
Created 30-Jul-10
Modified 30-Jul-10
Black & White Images

Waterfall Images

Visitors 37
20 photos
Created 10-Nov-10
Modified 10-Nov-10
Waterfall Images

Forests

Visitors 34
13 photos
Created 23-Jan-11
Modified 23-Jan-11
Forests

Around Utah

Visitors 35
15 photos
Created 31-Jul-10
Modified 31-Jul-10
Around Utah

Abstracts in Nature

Visitors 47
22 photos
Created 23-Jan-11
Modified 23-Jan-11
Abstracts in Nature

Antelope Canyon

Visitors 45
20 photos
Created 15-Jan-11
Modified 15-Jan-11
Antelope Canyon

Wildflower Images

Visitors 40
22 photos
Created 31-Jul-10
Modified 31-Jul-10
Wildflower Images

Wildlife Images

Visitors 48
18 photos
Created 31-Jul-10
Modified 31-Jul-10
Wildlife Images

Bryce Canyon

Visitors 32
12 photos
Created 8-Nov-10
Modified 8-Nov-10
Bryce Canyon

Blue Ridge Mountains

Visitors 28
13 photos
Created 25-Feb-10
Modified 25-Feb-10
Blue Ridge Mountains

Cactus Flowers

Visitors 24
10 photos
Created 25-Feb-10
Modified 25-Feb-10
Cactus Flowers

Harbors & Lighthouses

Visitors 30
26 photos
Created 10-Nov-10
Modified 10-Nov-10
Harbors & Lighthouses

Coyote Buttes

Visitors 46
15 photos
Created 25-Feb-10
Modified 25-Feb-10
Coyote Buttes

Death Valley

Visitors 34
14 photos
Created 8-Nov-10
Modified 8-Nov-10
Death Valley

Italy

Visitors 98
18 photos
Created 25-Feb-10
Modified 25-Feb-10
Italy

Desert Images

Visitors 25
10 photos
Created 25-Feb-10
Modified 25-Feb-10
Desert Images

Fall Color Images

Visitors 35
28 photos
Created 8-Nov-10
Modified 8-Nov-10
Fall Color Images

Grand Canyon

Visitors 32
16 photos
Created 10-Nov-10
Modified 10-Nov-10
Grand Canyon

Birds

Visitors 33
18 photos
Created 30-Jul-10
Modified 30-Jul-10
Birds

New England

Visitors 20
10 photos
Created 25-Feb-10
Modified 25-Feb-10
New England

Olympic Peninsula

Visitors 24
7 photos
Created 25-Feb-10
Modified 25-Feb-10
Olympic Peninsula

Oregon Images

Visitors 25
12 photos
Created 31-Jul-10
Modified 31-Jul-10
Oregon Images

Rainbows

Visitors 27
6 photos
Created 31-Jan-10
Modified 31-Jan-10
Rainbows

Reflections

Visitors 23
15 photos
Created 31-Jul-10
Modified 31-Jul-10
Reflections

Sunset Images

Visitors 24
8 photos
Created 25-Feb-10
Modified 25-Feb-10
Sunset Images

White Sands

Visitors 27
10 photos
Created 25-Feb-10
Modified 25-Feb-10
White Sands

Yosemite

Visitors 11
15 photos
Created 29-Dec-10
Modified 29-Dec-10
Yosemite

Zion Canyon

Visitors 56
12 photos
Created 10-Nov-10
Modified 10-Nov-10
Zion Canyon

Maine Gallery

Visitors 17
14 photos
Created 13-Jan-13
Modified 13-Jan-13
Maine Gallery

Vermont Gallery

Visitors 30
25 photos
Created 13-Jan-13
Modified 13-Jan-13
Vermont Gallery
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552 photos
Visitors 793
Member since 11-Jan-10

Guestbook for backcountry images
4.Alison Maloney(non-registered)
Great site Frank. Love your work!
2.Kelly Gallagher(non-registered)
Beautiful images. Wow.
1.Jim Laurie(non-registered)
Hey Frank,
Good to hear from you.
The website looks awesome.Thanks for sending it.
Cheers,
Jim
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