My name is Evan Nowak, I'm 25 years old (June 30, 1991) I graduated from Pittsburgh Technical Institute (now known as Pittsburgh technical college) with a degree in mechanical drafting. I currently work in the telecommunications field as an asset integration technician. I shoot my photos with a Nikon d3300 with just a regular kit lens and also occasionally use my galaxy s6 as well. I also enjoy music, hockey (Go pens 🐧) and tattoos.
Being outdoors is a way for me to escape the monotony of everyday life. It's a breath of fresh air, literally. There's something so peaceful about being outside.
I was lucky enough to grow up near some nice state parks and forests as a kid. These forests for me were a place I could be at one with myself and forget about my day to day tasks as a kid, and as I have realized growing up, also as an adult. I also have a thirst for exploring new places and discovering new things and the outdoors has always quenched that thirst.
As crazy as it may sound, I still to this day love exploring the state park I grew up near, Racoon Creek State Park. It's nothing special, but it gives me a feeling of nostalgia. Even though for over 15 years I've been exploring it, I seem to always find something new.
I also have set a goal to hit every high point in each state in the US. So, anytime I visit a new state that's the first thing I do and it's also my favorite because it's such a challenging goal. The beauty and feel of each state is easily captured at its highest point.
My favorite memory in the Great Outdoors is an old one. I can recall when I was about 6 or 7 years old my parents taking me to a trail out near my house in Pittsburgh. I remember climbing up what seemed like a mountain to me as a child, but was basically just a little hill and thinking how beautiful the trees were at the top, and how worth the climb to the peak. This was the first real time I had experienced a trail and being that far into the woods away from home. I was instantly hooked.