Patrick Orton

 "I now cannot help but see the beauty of the world in details, composition and light," wrote photographer Patrick Orton, whose images I've borrowed here. I never had a chance to meet Patrick, who died this summer at the age of 24. He was a young guy, just getting his start in adventure and ski photography, but he was already getting noticed—with his images gracing the pages of Powder, Outside, and more. I featured a gallery of his on ESPN.com, too, and had a few brief exchanges with him for that. He seemed, as Lynsey Dyer called him, "wildly ambitious." In that contagious way that makes you want to go out and live life a little more boldly. I recently wrote a story for Sandpoint Magazine, in Patrick's hometown, about this young man's life and how he spent all the time he was given chasing the light. 

 Photo by  Patrick Orton .

Photo by Patrick Orton.

 Photo by  Patrick Orton .

Photo by Patrick Orton.