I am no stranger to the beauties a camera can capture; before I delved into wildlife photography, l photographed people, products and real estate. However my interest in capturing wildlife was kindled when I moved to the Tetons and that kick started my career and journey as a wildlife photographer.
An all-time ardent lover of nature, I developed a passion for Yellowstone and Grand Tetons when I was a child, and that passion has driven me to photograph the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone throughout the years. I have also been able to witness and photograph different species in North America (the likes of broad-winged hawks, eagles, owls, osprey, and those that can be found in our national parks), as well as across Canada and Alaska. I have photographed not only birds but also mammals in the North American temperate. The mammals include but are not limited to grizzlies, black bears, moose, elk, and mountain lions.
One thing I have learned in my very interesting experiences in wildlife photography is the essence of mutual respect. Respect for the animals is key, and this includes knowing when and how to give them the space they deserve and need. My connection and special relationship with the wild is strongly anchored in respect. And this has bred the understanding that we share – myself and these beautiful creatures of the wild.
When photographing wildlife, I focus on the in-between moments. I treasure capturing movement, the evanescent eye contact with an animal, the twinkle in an eye, the transitory light at dawn and dusk, and other priceless moments that often go unnoticed by the wondering observer.
My spiritual fascination coupled with my over 350 expeditions in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons have instilled in me a confidence that I can boldly say I know the nooks and crannies of this place more than anyone. This is why I am called the Greek Mountain Man. Between 2018 and 2020, I lived in (and had a year-and-a-half-long expedition in) the Grand Teton National Park with an aim to better myself while spending time with the wildlife.
With each click and more hours of observation, I am even more convinced of the emotions and feelings that these creatures possess. These are the special little moments I live for — those split moments where there’s usually a splash of life and the true spirit and soul of one the dwellers of the wild. I want to capture such moments and make them life-size so more persons could appreciate them even better when they are up close.
As a professional wildlife photographer, I have won different awards and my work has featured on different big publications on Instagram. I have garnered over 10,000 followers on Facebook and almost 1500 on Instagram. All these platforms help to illustrate the beauty and might of nature and provide a lasting impression that I hope enthuses and excites the onlooker. When we yearn for inner peace and our instinct is to search for that which makes us smile and breathe more deeply, I hope my images will delight the sight and mind of the observer.
Mr. Packy Savvenas,
The Greek Mountain Man