I see I am coming up on my two year anniversary of this website and I have never posted a blog or anything about myself. I guess it is time to change that.
For starters, my name is Jeff Heidel and I was born and raised in Newton, KS. My artistic progression began in high school when I was searching for a medium that best suited my talents. During my sophomore year, I purchased my first 35mm SLR camera and was soon working on the school’s newspaper and yearbook staffs. During this time, my style could be described as a journalistic. After high school, I put down the camera to concentrate on my career as a Printed Circuit Design Engineer, but the urge to be behind camera was always there. As an adult, I spent time on my Grandfather’s farm near Manhattan and the beauty of the Flint Hills rekindled my passion for photography. I wanted to capture this beauty and show people that Kansas isn’t this flat and boring place that people portray it to be. To me, the clouds in Kansas are like our mountains and the prairie grass is our oceans. I feel that Kansas has some of the most beautiful sunsets/sunrises of any place that I have visited. In Kansas, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and the Flint Hills, especially the area around Matfield Green, are my favorite places to photograph. However, he do not limit himself to just Kansas, I also enjoy the beauty of many other states such as New Mexico and Wyoming and I have also photographed in other countries such as Canada, Greece, and Tanzania.
I currently reside in McPherson, KS, with my beautiful wife, 3 wonderful step kids, and 5 very ornery cats.
In future blogs, I will tell you about a little more about my photographic journey and some of the influences along the way.