This stunning high-gloss book of Door County photography features the best of Door County photographer Len Villano’s work from his years snapping images for Door County Living magazine.
For 20 years Villano has been everywhere on the peninsula, capturing iconic images of people, events, and most often, Door County’s captivating natural environment.
Villano’s images tell a story of their own, of a peninsula bursting with color, vibrant personalities, music, struggle, and beauty. A great Christmas gift for lovers of Door County photography, this collection of images puts you in the moments as they were photographed – warming toes beside an Ephraim Fyr Bal bonfire, clearing eyes on an early autumn sunrise, rocking out to the beat of a Steel Bridge Songfest performance.
An artist, musician, recording engineer and producer, Villano left a promising career in architecture years ago to devote his life to capturing the beauty of nature on film. Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary is now the focus of Len’s work.
“The flora and fauna of Door County are the focus of my life,” Villano says. “I have traveled all over the country, but it is Door County that I love and I am grateful to call it my home. I have made many friends, both human and in the natural world. From the porcupine who befriended me to the grouse that took a seat beside [me] as I was changing film, to the old maple tree which I return to repeatedly for knowledge and advice. The water, sky, farm fields, forests, and all the landscapes that create this place we call Door County I have come to call my friend.”
Villano was a founding member of the North American Nature Photographers Association and a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, American Photographic Artists and Editorial Photographers. His work has been published in more than 30 different countries, including shows in Door County, Chicago and Milwaukee.
He uses digital technology and a chemical free darkroom to produce his work insuring a cleaner and safer environment. Len will use whatever technique necessary to portray his art but does not believe in manipulating his images, preferring to let nature’s power speak for itself.
“In photography, light is the key to producing extraordinary work even if that means getting up at 4 am, skipping dinner, or staying out later than my fellow photographers,” he says.
“That’s when the magic happens, and simply, I prefer not to miss it.”
Get Door County in your mind with the Door County photography of Len Villano.