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Images by Outlaw Captures Nature and Gave Life Back to its Photographer

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“I’ve always had a way with animals, whether they are wild or domesticated, for as long as I can remember,” he explained. His photography speaks to viewers with the same simple statement, yet profoundly move all those who see it. “What I hope to give to those who follow me is a break from the ‘progress’ of the real world, and to offer that to those who may be disabled, elderly, and or just unable to get out and experience all that nature has to offer,” he noted. “I want to be able to make them feel as if they are right there with me as I am shooting.” His photography skills appear to do that in spades.

“The gratitude and humbleness I experience from my audience is like winning the lottery for me,” Wells said. “I have made some bad choices in life—some more than once—and for years I found my escape in the bottom of a bottle. I kind of gave up on myself and was ready to settle; this was just the way it was going to be. I was given my soul back when that camera got placed in my hand. That little box gave me a whole new purpose and motivation.” Wells start in photography was small, like many before him. He started getting some very kind feedback on his work over time, which led to impromptu phone calls for shoots for friends and such, following which he quickly realized his true passion was in the woods. He followed it, producing some amazing nature and animal photography that captures its true splendor.

Images by Outlaw Captures Nature and Gave Life Back to its Photographer

Photo: Facebook/Images by Outlaw

But, as is often the case, all of this potential didn’t come without challenges. In September 2015, while Wells was en route by motorcycle to do a photo shoot for a friend’s birthday, he was hit almost head-on by a driver with no insurance and no license. His photography gear was lost in the collision and never recovered. Following the resulting surgery, doctors told Wells he would be bedridden for at least a year-and-a-half. While he was laid up in the hospital, he explained that his thoughts drifted back toward, “…this is it.” But thankfully, with the help of family and friends, he rebounded. Not only that, but an image of his was published online by the National Geographic “Your Shot” community that March! With his newfound inspiration and motivation, he invested in some new gear, and by July 2016 he was ready to get back behind the camera.

Images by Outlaw Captures Nature and Gave Life Back to its Photographer
Photo: Facebook/Images by Outlaw