Growing up, Cheyne took advantage of Southern California’s diverse regions, spending extensive time outside at local beaches and nearby mountains and deserts. During his years at Dana Hills High School, Cheyne excelled in sports and was on track to play baseball at the college level. However, an accident on the sports field brought his passion for photography to the forefront. Confined temporarily to a wheelchair and isolated from his friends and peers, Cheyne picked up his father’s old camera and spent hours in the backyard, shooting roll after roll of film. Cheyne was able to return to school for his senior year and graduated with honors in art.
Cheyne was accepted to Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. An internship in school led to a position as Editorial Photographer at the leading automotive magazine Motor Trend following graduation. This catapulted him into the world of automotive advertising photography. His work captured the interest of top automotive photographer, Vic Huber. Under Huber’s mentorship, Cheyne and the advertising crew photographed and filmed commercials for leading automotive brands including Range Rover, BMW, Mercedes, and Aston Martin. Traveling across America and throughout the world on these photo shoots, Cheyne fell in love with the diverse landscapes of the world.
At age 24, Cheyne left that job to explore his true passion, discovering and capturing beauty of nature’s wonders. Leaving Los Angeles, CA, he spent 17 months traveling around Europe creating his first collection, Backpacking Through Europe. He found amazing beauty and wonderment in both nature’s elements and man’s designs.
After almost two years abroad, Cheyne returned home to continue his travels, focusing on the Western United States. In early 2010, his fine art landscape piece “Absolute” took 2nd place in an international awards ceremony for landscape photography- making Cheyne the youngest ever to receive the honor. This led to invitations for him to show his work in art galleries and museums all over the U.S and parts of Europe. Following shows in Miami and New York City, Cheyne began work on his second collection Tranquility, a series of diverse natural terrains, which he unveiled in 2012 at the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA. He was honored as one of the youngest artists to ever display his work at this world-renowned art show.
Cheyne is still focused on photographing the epic beauty of the Western United States and unveiled pieces from his new collection ”Nature’s Spirit ” in the Spring of 2014 at Galleries in Southern California. The collection is very limited, only 20 photographic prints will be created for each photograph in the series.
My art is all about sharing Nature’s landscapes at that perfect moment in time.
It all starts with exploring the outdoors. I will hike for miles through extreme terrain and travel far from the beaten path to find the setting for my next photograph. I study certain areas that I find interesting and return to that location several times to discover when it is at its most brilliant. Sometimes that moment comes after a heavy snowstorm, during the blazing summer, or just as the sun begins to rise. Using a panoramic camera system, I capture a series of photographs and stitch them together to achieve either a horizontal or vertical panoramic view.
Camera techniques are used during perfect lighting conditions to be able to present the location as if you were stand there witnessing that moment yourself. Today’s best camera technology still doesn’t even come close to what the human eye can appreciate. This is where the expert use of long exposures, lens filters, film chose, digital camera settings, and an in-depth printing process fills in to recreate the scene, as the human eye would see it.
My creative process extends past capturing the image as I also print all my own photographs. Using a custom top-of-the-line printer, they are printed on high-end fine art gloss or premium metallic paper. Printing in house allows me to adjust and fine tune saturation, contrast, and depth for each image. This gives me complete control over how the final photograph will look.
The ultimate goal and greatest reward is inspiring someone to visit one of the locations in my photographs and have their own experience out in Nature.
All images have been captured with a professional high quality panoramic camera system, lenses & filters on location around the United States. This allows for Cheyne’s limited edition photographs to be printed extremely large without losing detail clarity or color quality.
Yosemite Valley – First Place (one of the most prestigious awards a photograph can receive)
Elysium – Finalists
Cheyne Walls : Recognized as the top America in this years competition
Elysium – Silver Medal in the category : Nature – Panoramic
Iconic – Silver Medal in the category : Architecture – Cityscapes
Yosemite Valley – 3rd Place in the Nature/Landscapes Category
Yosemite Valley – Sealed Image (received one of the highest scores of this years competition)
Seal Rock– Sealed Image
Miles from Los Angeles – Winner : Photography Category
Miles from Los Angeles – Winner : Art Category
Miles from Los Angeles – Finalist : Best Interior Design Category
Miles from Los Angeles – Named one of the best books of 2016
Miles from Los Angeles – Honorable Mention (top 1% in judges scoring)
Cheyne Walls : honored as a Gold Medalist at this years competition
Place of Zen – 1 Merit (Inducted into the PPA Showcase Book)
Autumn – Top Honors 2 Merits
Perspective – Top Honors 2 Merits
Fountain of Youth – 1 Merit
Unforgiving – Inducted into The Wildling Museum of Art & Nature’s permanent art collection
Unforgiving – 1st place in photography / 2nd overall for entire exhibit
Gates of the Valley – Finalist
Aspen Grove – Silver
Eternal Lookout – Silver
Structured Chaos – Silver
Life Line – Silver
Surrender – Bronze
Canyon Sunrise – Bronze
Wind Power – Bronze
Frozen Fire – Bronze
Place of Zen – Sealed Image
Perspective – Sealed Image
Autumn – Sealed Image
Fountain of Youth – Sealed Image
(Sealed Image – Highest scoring images in a region and advance to the final round, 1 Merit awarded)
Elysium – Inducted in to The 2016 International Gift Collection & Presented to International Delegates – A selected fine art image representing the beauty of the World we live
Elysium – Gold
Pacific Ocean Temple – Silver
Autumn – Silver
Yosemite – Silver
Autumn Glow – Silver
Serenity – Bronze
The Guardian – Bronze
Sacred Path – Bronze
Laguna Beach Wave – Bronze
Island Spirit – Bronze
Elysium – Top Honors 2 Merits
Defiant – Top Honors 2 Merits
Laguna Beach Wave – Top Honors 2 Merits
Defiant – Honorable Mention
Place of Zen – Honorable Mention
Cheyne Walls voted “The Best New Artist” by exhibiting Artists
Laguna Beach Lifeguard Tower – 3rd Place
4th of July in Laguna Beach – First Place
Elysium – Tops all categories with a score 99.7 out of 100 / October 10th
Iconic – Honorable Mention
Iconic – Finalist / Honorable Mention
Iconic – Bronze & High Honors
Defiant – Bronze
Gates of the Valley – Bronze
Unforgiving – Bronze