“I have been an enthusiastic hiker, backpacker and admirer of the natural world as a source of balance in our often hectic lives since I was a teenager. A camera has been a standard part of my hiking and backpacking equipment for over 35 years but until 2011, was used more for personal documentation of my trips to beautiful places such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Sierras and the Swiss 'Haute Route', than for serious photography.
I decided to pursue fine art digital landscape photography after a 2010 trip to Torres Del Paine in Chile. A 2011 'Winter Light' workshop in Yosemite Valley taught by professional photographer Keith Walket led me to a new appreciation of the subtle beauty of light, and a passion to capture and share images of our wonderful natural world with others. My hope is that these images give voice to the beauty of nature and allow the viewer to appreciate and discover more of the world around them.”
An award-winning landscape and nature photographer, Spears is a native of Chattanooga, TN. He holds BS and MS degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He was the Director of Clinical Engineering at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga from 1985 to 2015, when he retired to spend more time with his fine art photography. His work is exhibited in corporate, university and private collections.