Howdy and Welcome!
My name is Chase Dekker and I am a young and emerging photographer from Washington State. I was born and raised in Monterey, California where I spent most of my days along the dramatic coast searching for the ocean's abundant wildlife. I received my first camera at the age of 10 and have been taking photos ever since. I moved up to the Seattle area in 2007 where I was able to explore the lush forests of the Cascade range as well as Puget Sound. I am always looking ways to find different wildlife and how to better understand them. I have a great passion for the outdoors and it's wildlife as well as an extreme lust for travel. I've had the great fortune of visiting some of the world's most unique and fragile environments in places such as Africa, the high Arctic of Svalbard, numerous countries across Europe and up and down North America from Alaska to the Rockies. Being able to venture to so many far away places as allowed me to expand my borders and knowledge while gaining some vital experience in many types of situations.
I am currently finishing up my Organismal Biology and Zoology degree at Western Washington University where I am gaining invaluable knowledge that will surely help me in the field. I feel it is important to understand nature not only with our eyes, but also with our hearts and as I continue to grow and develop my love for the wild, I gain my own perspective on it. As I've traveled to far away places that many might only see from their homes, I've come to realize the value and knowledge that every life, human or animal, is vitally important. I always tell myself everyday that I want to be the voice for those that have none and I hope that throughout my short time here on earth, I can do just that.
I hope you enjoy looking through some of the more memorable images of my travels and adventures and I promise to keep them coming for many more years to come.
"Life is an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be solved."
Awards and Honors:
- Published in Nature's Best Photography Magazine in Spring/Summer 2013 Edition
- Photo featured on PBS's popular children's show Dinosaur Train
- Photos printed in multiple newspapers such as San Jose Mercury, Monterey Herald, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Bellingham Herald, and many more
- Photos featured on news channels such as KION, KSBW, KRON, KTVU