Nicole Rulff

I have been practicing and studying photography for most of my life. I began when I was just an adolescent, inspired by my father and artists like Freeman Patterson, and armed with an old film camera passed down through the family. Over time, I came to value photography as a way to slow down and connect with the world around me, to find meaning and value in places and subjects that are often overlooked, and to remind myself of my own place in this world.

My photography strives to convey the feelings evoked from immersing ourselves in the natural world. Whether these be feelings of deep belonging and serenity, or feelings of vulnerability and urgency; my goal through my art is to connect us all more deeply to our local environments by looking beyond the obvious and spectacular to the beauty and complexity in the unassuming,

I often spend hours in a single location listening and photographing as the world unfolds around me, revealing new layers of life, wonder, and beauty. It is only through patience, solitude, and an observant and curious eye that these hidden wonders emerge. These are the images I want to share with the world. Images that we are often too busy to discover ourselves, but that themselves can bring a deep sense of belonging and peace to all of our lives.

See Nicole’s work at or on instagram @nicole.rulff

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