John Pelechosky

Photography has always been a passion of mine and the interest first planted its seed when I was about twelve years of age. My parents introduced me to the wonderful world of photography with my first camera, an Olympus OM 10. The thrill and the excitement of being able to capture nature images through the lens of a 35 mm camera developed into an exciting and exhilarating hobby.  

Photography entered the digital world and endless possibilities became within reach through the purchase of a modern DSLR camera and the introduction to software, like Lightroom and Photoshop. I graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, then a professional photography diploma ensued through the Photography Institute under the guidance of internationally acclaimed photographer, Steven Vote. Finally, I became an accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada, specializing in nature with several images recognized at a national level. This all encouraging me to further develop my skills, by experimentation and the breaking of rules, to become the published photographer I am today.

Having been a professional educator for over thirty years, I have been graced and privileged to travel and see a variety of destinations, with the majestic Rocky Mountains in Fernie becoming a personal favourite. The East Kootenays is abundant with tantalizing beauty, but you don’t have to venture too far to appreciate what the lovely region has to offer.  

When summer blossoms in Fernie, the local trails become a photographer’s paradise. The beautiful green foliage and the wonderful smell of cedar along the Old Growth Trail is an unbelievable sight that everyone should experience, once in their lifetime. The flora and fauna pull you further down the trail, like a literary novel, letting you forget about all your troubles, and for that endearing moment, life is beautiful. The months pass and the summer slowly comes to an end. The weather starts to cool, and the anticipation of colder weather brings you to one of my favourite seasons of all, winter.

Once December rolls around in Fernie, the popular tourist region turns into a world-class skiing destination and the East Kootenays become a winter paradise. Jack Frost and Mother Nature take turns creating winter sculptures with a tapestry of colours and a frigid winter palette. With the kiss of sunshine, the abundant blanket of snow and the ambiance will put a smile on your face as you quietly make your way down the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Your only regret is that once down the hill, your adventure slowly comes to an end.

Winter in Fernie is a once in a lifetime experience. I cherish the winter adventures, with my canine companion, exploring the hidden beauty that only Mother Nature can create. Camera in hand, and in pursuit of the ultimate photograph, I love to venture where only true outdoor enthusiasts and those with a sense of adventure would consider. My ultimate goal, to capture a brief moment in time through the lens of a digital camera.

To learn more about John and his photography, visit his website or his social media pages @pelechosky.