Nathan Wickstrum was born and raised in Ojai, California where he grew up surrounded by the beauty of nature. However, it wasn’t until after he graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2013 that he returned to the Ojai Valley to discover his passion for conservation photography.
Nathan’s work focuses on documenting indigenous landscapes to help advocate for the preservation of natural and cultural resources. The two subjects he is most passionate about photographing are Native American rock art sites and wildflower blooms in the spring.
Nathan currently works for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the open spaces, views, trails, wildlife, and watersheds of the Ojai Valley for future generations. His work at the conservancy consists of restoring native oak woodland, oak savanna, and chaparral habitat. He also stands as a contributing photographer for the conservancy. Nathan’s images can be found online on the conservancy’s social media platforms and published in their quarterly newsletter, “Open Spaces”.