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Starving Artist Exchange presents a First Friday for photographer

Charlie Lansche doesn’t consider him a full-fledged professional photographer.

The Oakley resident works in Salt Lake City and does government relations and policy work for an investment company by day. But he loves taking photographs of the area surrounding Park City and Summit County.

He captures sunrises, sunsets, sandhill cranes, elk and other wildlife.

"Oftentimes as I’m commuting to and from work in Salt Lake, I find myself photographing images," Lansche said during an interview with The Park Record. "I mean, I have a 50-mile commute through some of the most beautiful country on the planet and can’t help it."

Lansche’s passion for photography will be seen at his first artist opening at the Starving Artist Exchange, 283 N. Main St., in Kamas, on Friday, Feb. 3. A reception will be held from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Lansche will display 12 to 15 photographs, which will all be available for purchase.

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"That’s the first time to really put a price tag on my photography, although I have donated some images to raise money for other non-profit groups and conservation organizations," he said. "They will be a variety of things I shot in Summit County. They will include rural buildings, elk, foxes and landscape images that should be familiar to most folks that see them."

Lansche has loved the outdoors since he was a preteen.

"I grew up in Northern California and my parents moved the family to Pocatello, Idaho, when I was 12," he said. "They wanted to give my brother and I an outdoor lifestyle, so we grew up hunting, fishing, backpacking, wrangling horses and stuff like that."

During those outings, Lansche fell in love with the West and worked in the ski industry for a while, which introduced him to photography.

"I modeled skis and sports, and then went onto a career in marketing, where I constantly was looking at photos for catalogs and brochures," he said. "I realized I was a visual person, and while I had dabbled a bit in photography, I realized later in my life how much I loved being outdoors and loved the beauty I was seeing."

So, rather than picking up a gun or a fishing rod, like he did when he was younger, Lansche decided to capture images on film.

"It’s a very fulfilling and satisfying experience for me to go out and capture something beautiful and bring it home to share with others, and when I moved to Oakley a year ago from Park City, I really began to see just how much beauty was around us in Summit County," he said. "So, I picked up this camera I bought for my wife’s birthday and took it everywhere I went just to take pictures."

Lansche posted a few of his photos on Facebook.

"All of a sudden the images started to get attention," he said.

One of the people who saw Lansche’s potential as a photographer was the Local Filmmakers Showcase curator Jill Orschel, who is also a noted photographer.

"Jill had seen some of my images on Facebook and asked me to be the featured photographer at the Filmmaker’s Showcase," Lansche said. "I hadn’t considered that kind of exposure to my photography, or even considered myself as a viable photographer in that sense, but I did it and she helped me get my mind around the idea."

That process of having an objective, goal and challenge, forced Lansche to think more deeply about his photos.

"The exhibit was life changing, in terms of being able to share my images with people," he said. "It was a very personal thing and satisfying experience as well."

After moving to Oakley, Lansche, who has donated some of his photos to conservation groups, noticed the Starving Artist Exchange in Kamas and dropped in to say hi.

"I told them about the photos I take around the area and said if they were ever interested in what I do, I’d like to talk with them," he said.

Alisha Niswander, who co-owns the Starving Artist Exchange with Cassidy DuHadway and Katie Stellpflug, saw Lansche’s photos on Facebook and invited him to do a show.

"I really respect what they’re doing there to support local artists and it’s going to be fun and exciting for me to have some photos up on the wall there," he said. "It is also a way for me to support the Starving Artist Exchange."

The First Friday Artist Opening is another step in Lansche’s love for photography.

"I’m having a whole lot of fun learning to take pictures and sharing what I see," he said. "I want to create more awareness of what’s around us, because sometimes those of us who live around and in Park City drive to work or go skiing and go onto the trails. But if we opened our eyes to what’s around us, we’ll see some amazing things from weather, clouds, light to wildlife."

The Starving Artist Exchange, 283 Main St., in Kamas, will hold its First Friday Artist Opening, featuring the photography of Charlie Lansche, on Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit and