We appreciate you, Tristan!
This week we’re extremely excited to spotlight our good friend, member, and contributing photographer, Tristan Adler! Tristan grew up in Oklahoma but decided to move to Utah three years ago to fulfill his dream of living in the mountains he loves. As a passionate photographer with a business background, he jumped at the opportunity to work for a renowned fine art photographer. Today he is director of the photographer’s gallery and on the sales team.
Tristan uses photography to engage and teach others about conservation: “If people knew more [about animals],” he says, “they would be more respectful and care more about wildlife.” He is especially fond of the wild wonders in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and travels at least two times per month from Utah to Jackson Hole to photograph and hike.
Although he does not live in Jackson, Tristan’s love for the community has led him to get involved with multiple organizations in the area, including Shelter JH and the Alliance.
“There’s just something unique about the Character of Jackson Hole that you can’t find in other places. At the same time, it’s one of the most egregious examples of the affordable housing crisis.” He goes on to talk about the valley’s wildlife: “The solutions that we find in Jackson to deal with human-wildlife coexistence will set an example for the nation and the world.”
Tristan sees the conflict between community character and private property rights as one of the valley’s most pressing issues. “There’s people that have owned property for generations and have the right to do what they want with it, but that can come at the expense of community character.” Although he acknowledges the challenges, he is hopeful that the community will figure out a way to properly accommodate people and animals while maintaining the wild spirit of Jackson Hole.
Thank you for your support and everything you do for us, Tristan!