Generations of my family have lived in Arizona since it was a territory, and I have spent most of my life inspired by the environment and culture of the Southwest Desert’s landscape.

     Born in Maricopa County, Arizona in 1976, to parents who were both musicians and “free thinkers,” I was raised and surrounded with music, theater, and art in all its forms.

     

 

     After ten years as a musician in a successful mid-western regional band, but not feeling fully in my place, I returned to my home in the desert.

     As I got older, photography became a passion for me—a way to capture and express the beauty of my home. I was constantly torn between the regular corporate grind and my desire to be artistic. Finally, with the help and support of friends and loved ones, I abandoned a successful job in project management to pursue a career in photography.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

     

     In 2013, I was published in Arizona Highways Magazine photo edition, allowing me to contribute to my Arizonan family legacy.

     With my camera in-hand and joined by my Boston Terrier, “Bones,” I hike the deserts, mountains, valleys and forests of Arizona and Colorado to capture those perfect moments in time and bring them to life for the viewer.

     Expanding my career as a landscape and nature photographer, I’m merging time-lapse photography with a dynamic, interactive twist for a more immersive viewer experience.

     I hand-pick and develop several key frames from one of the time-lapse sequences. QR codes and web links are then displayed on the information card for each series of work. The visitor can simply scan the code or type in the URL on their smart phone or tablet and watch the entire sequence come to life in full HD resolution.

     The naked eye cannot see subtle changes of the day here in the Old Southwest. My goal is to present it in a way that gives the audience the ability to stop time where they remember and enjoy it most.

     

     “There’s nothing like watching Mother Nature come to life before your eyes and the ability to take your favorite part with you.” –Seth Critchley 

"X marks the spot," Kida says.

The two diagonals of the walking stick and the agave draw the viewer's eye to the center of the frame. Kida also notes the photograph's monochromatic nature, which forces the viewer to focus on content, rather than on color. 

"It's a cool juxtaposition of two things - one animal, one plant," he says.

ACCOLADES

-Published in September 2013 Photo Issue of Arizona Highways Magazine

-2013 Interview and publication on Arizona Highways Blog

-2014 Featured solo artist in the Little Gallery at the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

-2014 Photo recognition by Great Sand Dunes National Park

-2015 Plein Air Art Show showcasing artist at the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

-Frequent features on Arizona Highways Friday Fotos Blog

-Frequent features on KVOA News 4 Tucson