At age 8, Kt Miller was getting piggyback rides up to the Ridge at Bridge Bowl. Before she can even remember, the Bozeman native was chasing her older brother and dad on skis and bikes and in hiking boots, and by 16 she was teaching at the Montana Outdoor Science School. That’s about as born to it as you can get, and today, not surprisingly, Miller divides her professional efforts between skiing, photography, and wildlife conservation.
Her Instagram, of course, reflects that, with lots of alluring turns in DNF zones, from Romania to Chamonix, as well as intimate portraits of some of the earth’s wildest and most threatened creatures, captured through her work with Polar Bears International.
“With photography, I seek to help bridge the gap between nature and the manufactured world. I feel that nature is more powerful than we are capable of comprehending, and when we live our lives in such a way that we complement the push and pull of gravity we can do, see, and experience the true essence of this place.”
Follow her @ktmillerphoto.
“Mid-summer sea ice presents challenges for this mother polar bear and her cub off the southeast coast of Svalbard.”
“C.J. Carter scrambling up the south side of Mount Hauge in the Beartooth Mountains.”
“It’s not quite the same without the grunting… and the fresh smell of sage. Imagine what the West looked like before we came. Sage and wild grasses galore, and millions of bison grazing the plains. “
“Scoping lines from the canoe with Caroline Gleich & Lydia Tanner. These mountains make you feel small…nothing like water to re-set the mind + a little glass to inspire. I believe it’s in these environments that creativity thrives. It’s such a treat to share with others and watch their eyes glow, a flame, a spark, which nature provides. Food for the soul.”
“This is what it looks like when the sea is completely calm. No wind. No waves lapping on the shore. Nothing. In this place, at this precise moment in time, the world seemed as close as she gets to completely silent. Thanks for the precious moment, Hudson Bay.”
“Where the Austfonna ice cap meets the sea… Saddens me to see this delicate ecosystem melting away. What did you do for the environment today?”
“Backyard exploration with Beau Fredlund & Brody Leven. The Greater Yellowstone never ceases to amaze.”
“SO CURIOUS… and stinky. Makes me giggle. You too?”
“Caroline Gleich on the Forbes Arete on the way to ski the West Couloir of the Aiguille de Chardonnay in the French Alps.”