Newberry Habitat Volunteer, Photographer Mike Jensen, Named Crater Lake ‘Artist in Residence
By T. Myers
Newberry Habitat Website Director, Mike Jensen and his wife Cindy have been traveling all over the region in their spare time, working on photos for Mike’s photography business. During the past year, and again in his recent Sunriver exhibit, Jensen’s amazing photos of Crater Lake have elevated our local photography expert to national distinction!
Mike Jensen has recently been named Artist in Residence at Crater Lake and will take up residence at the lake so he can continue to document everything from the change in seasons to the nuances of nature that “live in the National Park!” (Last fall at the October Chamber Breakfast, Mike premiered some of his work. One of the Night Sky photos of Crater Lake brought this writer to tears– it was just that beautiful.)
Mike adds this new honor to an already long list of achievements:
“I consider it an extreme honor to be named as an Artist in Residence for Crater Lake National Park. Like many of our national parks Crater Lake is an icon due to the depth and purity of the water as well as the geologic landscapes. Very few other locations are as well-known as Crater Lake and Wizard Island. As a Central Oregon based photographer I have had many opportunities to photograph in and around the park so to have this opportunity to photograph as I please is a true chance of a lifetime!”
Mike went on to say, “I’m also a big fan of giving back, so to help staff and visitors alike, I will be hosting a series of lectures and workshops about photographing around the Crater Lake area. As much a student of photography, I am also a teacher, conducting a curriculum of lectures, seminars and workshops for Central Oregon Community College, Cascade Institute of Photography, Cascade Camera Club and privately.”
Mike Jensen is a professional photographer based in Sunriver, Oregon. Together with his wife Cindy, they own JensenOne Marketing & Photography. Mike also teaches Photography and Photoshop in association with the La Pine Parks & Recreation District and conducts photography workshops open to the public. Mike is a frequent lecturer for the Deschutes County Library system, and writes a monthly photography article for the Sunriver Scene. As Mike puts it, in Central Oregon, “We live in a Photographer’s Wonderland in every season.”
Mike serves as an elected official on the Bend La Pine School Board, volunteers as an ASPIRE Program mentor at the La Pine High School, and is working closely with Newberry Habitat for Humanity to develop the websites (Www.newberyhabitat.org and LaPineRestore.org) Besides his well-known photography business, Mike develops graphics, works to set up websites, and helps other businesses throughout the region. As a longtime member of the La Pine Chamber, a past Chamber Board President, and an integral part of the La Pine Chamber’s technological development efforts, we add our congratulations to Mike Jensen for being chosen Artist in Residence. We hope this recognition leads to other possibilities for this extraordinary artist to photograph Crater Lake and other National Parks in the system!
“Not only am I extremely blessed to live in a beautiful area of the world to photograph, but I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by a group of peers, friends, mentors and students who continually challenge me to learn more and constantly challenge myself to be a better photographer.”