Close-ups of snowy bison and sweeping Teton landscapes undoubtedly draw visitors into Henry Holdsworth’s Wild by Nature photo gallery. Others might be lured by his unofficial greeter, box opener and paper shredder, a golden retriever named Finn.
“He thinks everyone is coming in just to see him,” Holdsworth said. “Which is pretty true. He loves coming to work.”
Other adorable (wild) animals will fill Holdsworth’s gallery for the Fall Arts Festival this year to tie into the release of his new book with Stephen Hinch, “Born Wild 2.” The official release of the book and new limited-edition photographs will occur during the Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.
The original “Born Wild” book of baby animal pictures was released almost 20 years ago.
“Obviously the parks are constantly changing, and it’s nice just to get a fresh look at things,” Holdsworth said. “And we tried to hit a lot of different types of animals, too.”
Everything from tiny pine martens and baby pronghorn to moose calves and red fox kits grace its pages.
Other photos in the gallery include landscape shots of the valley that capture the quintessential vibrant green springtime glow and interesting atmospheric conditions of early morning fog and thundering storm clouds. Holdsworth rotates what’s on the walls based on the season but has a little bit of everything up at the moment.
Sometimes, Holdsworth said, people come into his studio and say, ‘Oh, you must have really good equipment.’”
He chuckled quietly.
“I do, but that’s not necessarily what makes the image,” he said. “It’s more about spending the time. I’m scouting locations constantly. We’re spending a lot of time with specific types of wildlife.
“Sometimes it comes right away, and sometimes you might have to wait months or years to get what you really had in your mind.”
A photographer of nearly four decades, Holdsworth has a background in biology and environmental education. As a child he loved reading magazines like National Geographic and Ranger Rick and envisioned himself as perhaps the next Jacques Cousteau. But he never envisioned his life as a wildlife photographer in the Tetons the way it turned out.
“I never really thought of it as a career, but one thing led to the next thing,” he said.
You can find Holdsworth out in the field while most of the town is still asleep. Sunrise is his favorite time of day, followed closely by the time right after a storm.
He loves any peak in the range that has good light, but Moran, Saint John and Nez Perce — which he says from a certain angle looks like a howling wolf — are favorites.
“It’s a pretty special place that we get to live in,” Holdsworth said. “I feel lucky to get to do what I love and ... make a living out of it somehow.” ￼