Portland Oregon Photographer Troy Klebey Fine Art Travel Photography

Troy Klebey Biography


Arriving on the scene in 1978 in the Portland metropolitan area, Troy found his voice by studying photography in college, earning a degree in Professional Photography. With additional studies in Graphic Design after graduating, Troy was quickly snapped up by one of his professors where he worked for ten years as a Studio Assistant, Digital Photography Technician and Studio Manager.

While working for the largest independent retail garden center in Oregon as a Visual Merchandising Designer, his team was awarded Visual Merchandiser of the Year by Lawn & Garden Retailer Magazine. He's also exhibited his work in several galleries garnering positive reviews in local publications comparing him to some of his favorite well-known artists.

Since the age of 16, Troy had a passion for road trips and found the Oregon outback to be visually expressive where he continues to constantly explore. He finds the millions of years of evolution mesmerizing, with its exposed layers of varying elements, rock compositions, canyon lands, bluffs, rock formations and brilliant degrees of colors moving in a poetic way. The barren land, while exposed, has many stories to tell and with its open vastness, its depth is even more saturated and enticing to him.

Additionally, he finds the roads of the desert states of Southwestern US intriguing, filled with vast solitude and a calm presence. His dream would be to spend the rest of his life exploring the American Southwest (more specifically Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah, Montana and Wyoming), writing and photographing about its abundant visual treasures.

While there is an obsession with deserts, Troy is no stranger to the mountains and lakes either, where he recreates in the warmer months of the year. Troy tends to be more independent, which allows him to think a great deal. His eyes are always listening, as some say he's got a couple in the back of his head so he can see everything around him. One should always know what is going on around you at any given moment.

Troy has shifted his creative focus toward road trip photography, fine art and abstract color and black & white photography. Your voice is important in your craft and with so many creators working on their projects, it's even more important to find and stick with what drives you artistically. There are those that say he was born for the road because he captures the most compelling imagery.

If he could start his life all over again, Troy would have been born to wealthy parents so that he could constantly travel and see everything the world had to offer. But more realistically, he would have chosen to either get a Masters Degree in Anthropology, Archeology, Creative Writing, Geology, or Paleontology to work in the field – discovering, uncovering and experiencing life outdoors, under the bright warm sun, the light of the passing moon, or stars that entice its viewer to dream outside the atmosphere above.

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