The McPherson Arts Alliance Gallery will host an exhibition of photography by Judd Patterson in the McPherson Opera House Heritage Gallery now through March.

Judd Patterson was born in Kansas and began to seriously develop his interest in nature photography while in high school. Judd attended Kansas State University where he completed a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in geography.

Patterson currently works for the National Park Service with the South Florida/Caribbean Inventory and Monitoring Network. He continues to pursue nature photography to promote environmental education/conservation and for the sheer joy of being outside.

“I was fortunate to grow up in Kansas where I learned to love wide open spaces. The often subtle beauty and seasonal changes of the prairie provided me with endless photography opportunities and allowed me to develop a strong appreciation for nature’s soul-healing grandeur. My deepest peace comes when I'm immersed in nature...whether that is walking through waist-high prairie grasses, wading in tanin-stained swamps, or scrambling over treeline in the mountains,” Patterson said.

Patterson’s photography has been used for a variety of regional and national causes including The Nature Conservancy publications, Audubon Magazine, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge education center, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve visitor center, and birding guides. He has exhibited in Kansas, Florida, and Washington D.C. including the Department of the Interior Museum and Everglades National Park. Patterson remains highly motivated to capture images of threatened species and habitats in order to play a role in ensuring their future

Patterson’s roots in photography reach back to a Kodak 110 film camera that he used in grade school. While his equipment has evolved over time, the underlying mission has remained: to observe, preserve, and share glimpses of our spectacular natural surroundings.