Shedding a unique light on Jackson's landmarks: Get to know local photographer Cole Buckhart

(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 to move. "[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. [image: Inline image 3] *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. [image: Inline image 5] 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 life." See more of Buckhart's work on his website at and watch for his e-book, which will come out in the spring. *Feature Photo: Cole Buckhart. h/t Cole Buckhart / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news