Looking at one of Tim Herschbach's photos has been compared to looking through a window. The Spring-based photographer has a natural aptitude for capturing just the right nook of American nature through his lenses, whether it's a desolate sand dune rippled by the wind or a beautiful sunset. Herschbach's work gives you hope that there are still some parts of the country that remain untouched and untainted by man.
"People remember my work when they see it in person because it is detailed and life-like," he said. "I catch a lot of people at art shows touching the canvas to make sure it isn't three dimensional. I try to walk a delicate line between a perfectly natural landscape and something with just a little bit of punch to it. My monochrome photographs have plenty of detail and contrast, and my color work is bright and vivid without being garish."
Herschbach always felt comfortable with a camera in his hands. As a child growing up in Oklahoma he came of age surrounded by fields, lakes, and the woods, and sometimes dabbled in capturing its beauty with the 110 film camera bestowed upon him by his first grade teacher. In 2009 he got more serious about his hobby, studying everything he could about digital photography, the technology that was transforming the industry. He attended workshops and volunteered for photography projects at work and at church, steadily improving his technique photo by photo. Finally, in 2013 he took the leap into being his own boss, leaving his IT job with a Houston television station to pursue his passion full-time.
"I think it's a great gift when someone is able to develop a skill that they love and then to be able to use that skill to earn a living," Herschbach said. "After about a year of selling my artwork part-time and working another full-time job, my wife and I came to the conclusion that it would be foolish to waste a perfect opportunity to step into the self-employed world as a full-time artist. Me working from home fits our lifestyle perfectly."
Herschbach's work has won several awards since his career change, and he regularly exhibits it throughout Texas. No environment is too challenging for the photographer but as he explains, sometimes getting the perfect shot depends upon Mother Nature's cooperation.
"Nature photography sometimes feels like a treasure hunt," he said. "I'm out there searching for the perfect sky, a certain shape, color, or a new way to juxtapose the moon with a mountain or a tree. I don't always find what I'm looking for. Sometimes I do, but the light isn't right, or something is in the background that I can't hide. But when it all comes together, it's exciting because I know I'm going to get a shot that will eventually be on someone's wall."
Satisfied customers rave about their purchases, referring to them as stress relievers and inspirational whether they're hanging in their home or office. Herschbach is always happy to speak with people about his work and has smaller prints available for people that need artwork that's suitable for a smaller space and budget.
"I'm at my booth during the entire show which is great because I get to meet so many people and talk to them about my work," he said. "It's awesome to see people getting the same peaceful pleasure out of the landscape photographs that I do."