(Jackson, Wyo.) - You may not recognize him on the street, but chances are you have seen a few of his unique and beautiful photos like this: [image: Inline image 1] *h/t Cole Buckhart / Pitchengine Communities*[image: Inline image 2] *h/t Cole Buckhart / Pitchengine Communities* This is Cole Buckhart, or @Cole.Mgkra on Instagram
. He hasn't been here long, but he
has shed a different light on Jackson Hole's notable landmarks.
Buckhart moved here from San Francisco last summer. Like many of the people
who find themselves in Jackson, he was tired of his corporate job, long
daily commute and the crowded city. A break up also influenced his decision
"[After the break up], Jackson became a way for me to get my mountain
wilderness fix on and start a new adventure, but also really find myself
and learn from the break up about what I really wanted and the type of life
I wanted," said Buckhart. "I think jackson is a special place for that...
that you can slow down and find the time for the things you want."
Buckhart grew up in San Francisco. He never studied photography and graphic
design in school, but always felt like he had a creative side. One time,
years ago, one of his friends who worked for an entertainment company
showed him a flier. Buckhart decided to take a shot at redesigning it. From
there, he took on more and more graphic design jobs. Eventually, his hobby
turned into a full time gig. Today, he works for Gliffen Designs and does
graphic design for local brands.
It was just in September 2014 when he bought a DSLR (digital single-lens
reflex) camera and began taking more photos.
"I just started playing with the camera," he said. "Everything I learned I
did on YouTube. I never took a class. I just watched YouTube videos and
read tutorials, and went out and tried to practice what I saw in videos."
But he still doesn't describe himself as a photographer, but as a graphic
designer who also takes photos. Buckhart says he enjoys designing images
more than capturing exact moments.
"Remember the first time you went to Delta Lake or Jenny lake? The picture
you take doesn't feel as cool as what you remember or how you felt. For the
pictures I take, I try to represent the feeling you had rather than what it
looked like actually. I embellish to make the colors extra bright and make
the details pop," he said.
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*h/t Cole Buckhart / Pitchengine Communities*
And Buckhart's type of photography has been popular in Jackson. Just a few
months after moving here, his Instagram followers increased from 800 to
more than 10,000.
"Besides the visual aspect, I think trying to touch people's emotions with
photos rather than just capture a moment is a part of why I edit and shoot
the way I do," said Buckhart.
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Buckhart works his full-time job at Gliffen Designs, sells prints of his
photos on his website and is working on writing an
e-book on photography. But mostly, he is loving living life in Jackson,
camping and the relaxed feel of the small mountain community.
"I used to leave work at 6 p.m., get home at 7:30 or 8 p.m., make dinner,
watch a show and then basically go to bed... over and over... Here, you get
off at 5, go fishing in the Hoback, before riding to the bike-in movie," he
said. "Moving here changed my whole outlook on what I want to do with my
See more of Buckhart's work on his website at www.mgkra.com and watch for
his e-book, which will come out in the spring.
*Feature Photo: Cole Buckhart. h/t Cole Buckhart / Pitchengine Communities*