I spent my childhood romping around and exploring the wilderness areas in the mountains near my northern California home. The youngest of nine children, our father was an avid mountain climber and nature lover, and he made sure his kids were instilled with his passion for the outdoors. After he died in a climbing accident when I was very young, our mother continued to promote spending time in nature, ensuring that our vacations were spent outdoors camping, hiking and exploring.

When I was 16 years old, my older brother gave me my first SLR camera, a Pentax ME Super. I thought I wanted to be a journalist then, and my camera quickly became an extension of my arm. I studied journalism in college for two years and worked for my city's newspaper, at which point I discovered that journalism wasn't for me. I transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and studied graphic design instead. I bought a used Beseler enlarger and turned my spare bedroom into a darkroom, where I spent countless hours in the dark happily experimenting with printmaking. In the years following art school, I went to work as an art director for an ad agency, built a successful design business, got married, raised two wonderful sons, and currently use my camera to tell stories of the natural world.

Frequently symbolic, my images strive to communicate the sublime beauty of the natural world with an eye oriented towards the subtle and sometimes overlooked elements of nature. I return to familiar places again and again to observe the changes brought about by the seasons, light and weather. My camera records what the eye cannot see: blurring waterfalls, vibrant sunbursts, birds' wings frozen in a moment of time. I use everything I know about the technology of modern photography to create images that will open your eyes to seeing the natural world differently.

"On the surface Ms. Gibb's images have a type of visual complexity that concentrates on the deliberate composition of color, light, and shadow. The resulting images are visually conceptually complex! These photos create a heightened sense of mood, atmosphere, and drama. Skillful use of composition leads the viewer's eye up, down, and throughout the frame in a way that makes the viewer feel as though they may have seen these scenes, but certainly not the way she saw them! To me, the photos are interesting because they are like scenes from the imagination, a fantasy, or a dream. Some of the images look like subjects bathed in heavenly light. This is probably due to the long exposures. Also in the compositions there is a constant interplay between positive and negative space."  LensCulture Magazine Editor

In The News

Watch: Charlotte Gibb: Intimate Landscapes of Yosemite, a film by Nick Taylor, 2019
Listen: 2018 Interview with Charlotte Gibb, F-Stop, Collaborate & Listen with Matt Payne
Read 2017 interview with Charlotte Gibb on Terra-Quantum.
Read OnLandscape June 30, 2017 interview


June 2 - 30, 2018, Yosemite Renaissance Artist in Residence, (juried group exhibit), Gallery 5, Oakhust, CA, "Transitions: Winter into Spring"
February 23 - May 6, 2018,  Yosemite Renaissance 33, (juried group exhibit) Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park
January 17 - March 18, 2018, Valley Focus: Photography (juried group exhibit), Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA
September 5 - October 7, 2017, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, (solo exhibit), Sacramento, CA, "Mother Earth: a photographic exploration of the natural world through a woman's eyes"
February 25 - April 30, 2017, Yosemite Renaissance 32, (juried group exhibit) Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park
August 6, 2016 - Sept. 10, 2016, Ansel Adams Gallery, (juried group exhibit) Yosemite National Park, "The Great Certainty: Photographs Commemorating 100 Years of National Park Service Stewardship"
February 26 - May 1, 2016, Yosemite Renaissance 31, (juried group exhibit) Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park
January 1-20, 2016, Black Box Gallery, (juried group exhibit) Portland, Oregon 
February 28 - May 10, 2015, Yosemite Renaissance 30, (juried group exhibit) Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park
July-Nov 2014, Camera West, Walnut Creek, CA (solo exhibit) "Western Landscape Impressions"


2018 Professional Nature Photographer of the Year, Monochrome Awards, International Black and White Photography Contest, "When The Forest Stirs", First Place, Nature category; "Ahwahnee Cottonwoods", "Black Yosemite", and "Yosemite Winter", Honorable Mention (landscape category)
2018 Epson Pano Awards
, Silver Award "Canyonlands Storm", and Bronze Award, "Mt. Shasta Sunrise", Landscape/Nature Category
2018 11th Annual Color Awards, "Portal", Honorable Mention, Professional Nature category (Press Release)
2018 Yosemite Renaissance 33, "When the Forest Stirs", Honorable Mention
2018 Valley Focus, Carnegie Arts Center, "Sandhill Crane Pastoral", Award of Excellence.
2017 12th Annual Spider Awards, "Stand Together", Nominee
2017 Top 101 International Landscape Photographs, "Enchanted Forest"
2016 Yosemite Renaissance 31, "Sentinels", First Place
2015 Spider Awards, Nominee, "Balance", "Into The Light", and "Winter's Bone".
2015 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, "Overall Highly Commended", "My USA Runner Up" and "My USA Highly Commended" 
2015 Yosemite Renaissance 30"Aspens & The Blue Light", Cash award
2014 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, "Black Oaks & Granite""Aspens & The Blue Light"


Christian Hoberg, List of top 25 landscape photographers in 2017, Capture Landscapes
Michela Griffith, Interview, OnLandscape, Issue 140, June 30, 2017.
Barry Edge, Endframe: "Dancing Aspens" by Charlotte Gibb, OnLandscape, May 24, 2017.
Terra-Quantum, Interview, 2017.
Deborah Hughes, Endframe: "Bridal Veil" by Charlotte Gibb, OnLandscape, Issue 101, October 13, 2015.
Featured Artist  Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 48, February 2015.
Cover, California State Parks 2013 Annual Report.


Landscape Photography Magazine, "The Intimate Landscape", Issue 74, April 2017.
Visual Wilderness, Contributing Editor, online tutorials and articles on landscape photography


Contributing writer, Nature Photographers Network
Presenter, Moab Photography Symposium, 2018
Judge, 31st & 32nd Annual InFocus Competition, 2018, 2019
Assistant, Michael Frye Workshops 2016, 2017, 2018
Judge, USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, 2016

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