Local photographer brings Mt. Everest to Wingate University

Jeff Botz, well-known Mt. Everest photographer, comes to Wingate University
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – Local photographer Jeff Botz brings his photographic images of Mt. Everest to Wingate University as part of a campus-wide week of events exploring the Himalayas. His work will be on display from an opening ceremony on Monday, Sept. 10 at noon through a closing ceremony at noon on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Batte Center lobby.

Botz, a resident of Marshville, has visited Mt. Everest nine times. His black and white, high resolution photos have been on display in many areas, including the Hickory Museum of Art, Kuglers Studio Gallery in Latta Arcade in Charlotte and made the cover of the book Mountain by Sandy Hill. His photography has been in a Jesse Brown Outdoors show, has been featured in The Charlotte Observer and Botz has been on Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins on WFAE.

Originally from New York City, he eventually moved to N.C. when work travels brought him to the South and he discovered the warmer winters. A self-taught photographer, he has passion and respect for Mt. Everest. Now, he lives in sharecropper’s house on a Union County farm. “There are no visible houses and cows walk by all the time,” he said. “I call it Walden Pond South.” He uses a converted stable as his backyard lab where he develops the photos that he takes.

“A jaded New Yorker, who has hyperbole in DNA, naturally would seek out a mountain like Everest – the biggest, the greatest,” he said about his Everest photos. “I am making self-expressive images.” He uses a large camera with film, which enables him to pick up the finest detail. Because of the need to climatize properly and adjust to oxygen levels at such high elevations, he explained that there is a lot of time and reflection when he photographs this three-sided mountain that reaches up to 29,028 feet. Over a 30-day period, he may only get 60 shots, two a day, but if he only comes back with one good photo, he is pleased.

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