Paul Bonnichsen, resident and native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, prefers to walk the unbeaten path to capture nature in its most unique, true semblance. Using only a polarizer for glare or a warming filter in the shade, Paul’s love and respect for his subjects is evidenced by his unwillingness to alter or manipulate their images.
Drafted out of college, and with a prestigious White House security clearance in hand, Paul was assigned to the U.S. Army’s First Battalion, Third Infantry Division at Ft. Myer, Virginia. Known as The Old Guard, but officially titled, The Army’s Ceremonial Unit and Escort for the President of the United States, he participated in many White House and Pentagon functions, funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery, and the constant, silent vigil kept at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After fulfilling his duty to his country, Paul took another slice out of the American Pie, and entered the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School. Finishing near the top of his class, he entered professional baseball in the Minor Leagues, rising to AAA Baseball, and instructing at the school during the off season.
In 1984, after seven years, and only one step away from the Major Leagues, Paul’s dream was shattered when he was released by the organization. Returning to school, Paul felt that he was once again blessed from above, for as one door was closed on his life, another was opened where he met his “lady in waiting” and the love of his life, photography. Faithful and true to his passion, Paul dances with the light to create his fine art photography as he captures a brief but spectacular moment in time.