Al Geist

I got started in photography on my 11th birthday. I didn’t know it then, but a gift from my parents changed my life forever. It was a Kodak Starmite and I’ve had a camera at my side ever since. My journey has been blessed with friends and mentors who helped me understand both the art and science of photography. Their guidance and encouragement resulted in my images supporting numerous newspaper and magazine articles, filling print and web catalogs, illustrating complex technical documents, and most satisfying of all gracing the walls of homes and offices throughout the country.

My style is traditional and my subjects are whatever catches my attention and stirs my emotions. I consider myself a visual historian as much as an artist. Whether I am shooting a Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan, a crumbling wall in Old Panama City (Panama), the rugged Alaska wilderness, waves smashing against Oregon’s rocky shoreline, the sun setting over Lake Michigan, or a delicate Sonora Desert flower full of morning is nature, society and life that creates the art. I am just lucky to be around to capture it.


"Botanicals," an invitational exhibit, July 1-August 30, 2014, Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Ludington, MI

“My Michigan” Juried Show, August/October 2013, Charlevoix Photography Club, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Charlevoix, MI 

“All Things Green” Juried Show, June/August 2013, Ludington Center for the Arts, Ludington, MI

2013 Calendar, Lighthouse Realty, Ludington, MI

“Michigan’s Seasons” Juried Show, Sept./Oct. 2012, Charlevoix Photography Club, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Charlevoix, MI

“Into the Woods: An exhibition of local woodcrafters and wood inspired art,” October-November 2011, Ludington Center for the Arts, Ludington, MI

August 2010, 21st Annual Vermont Photography Exhibit at The Round Barn (Juried), Green Mountain Cultural Center, Waitsfield, VT

March 2010, (Exhibiting) Members Show, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT

Sept-Oct 2009, “Through the Lens” Juried Show, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT

Feb 2009 (Exhibiting) Members Show, Vt Ctr for Photography, Brattleboro, VT

“Gates and Passages” Juried Show (2008), Studio Place Gallery, Barre, VT

78th Annual Northern Vermont Juried Show at Bryan Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT

2007 Northern Vermont Art Show, Arts Alive Gallery, Union Station, Burlington, VT

2007 Champlain Valley Fair Art Show – Main Street Division (Award Winner)

Feb 2007, Featured Artist, Big Picture Framing, Burlington, VT



Online –

Facebook – Geist Arts

Golden Key Art Gallery, 601 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI

The Muse, Ludington Center for the Arts, Ludington, MI

Blu Moon Bistro, Ludington, MI

Maude’s, Ludington, MI


Past Galleries:

Art on the Town, Pentwater, MI

The Gallery, Stowe, VT (former)



BA Journalism, University of Alaska Fairbanks



2003 Goldie, AK Broadcasters Assoc., for "If We Dance, Story of the Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow" (Field Producer), KUAC Television (PBS)

1989 and 1990 Arctic Man Ski and Sno Go Classic, Scriptwriter/Producer for television broadcast of extreme sporting event, Fairbanks, AK

1989 Yukon Quest 1000 Mile Sled Dog Race, Field Producer for long distance race between Fairbanks, AK and Whitehorse, YT, Canada.

Co-founder - MUSHING magazine (Ester, AK)

Managing Editor of Fairbanks ARTS (for Fairbanks Arts Association, Fairbanks, AK)

Chuck Keim Award for Excellence in Magazine Journalism (UAF)

Co-author – Frontier Energy: Appropriate Technology in Alaska 1979-1984 (State of Alaska)



Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Ludington Elks Lodge #736



Owner Geist Arts, Ludington, MI

Instructor (Business and Community Education program), West Shore Community College, Scottville, MI

Sr. Technical Writer, Media1, Grand Haven, MI

Technical Publications Manager, SUSS MicroTec, Waterbury Center, VT

Sr. Technical Writer/Help Consultant/Wiki Developer, Efficiency Vermont (VEIC) Burlington, VT

Media Producer/Product Photographer/Webmaster/Technical Writer, Lectrosonics, Inc., Rio Rancho, NM

Technical Writer/Online Help Developer, BLM-Alaska. Anchorage, AK

Business Reporter/General Assignment Reporter/Photojournalist, various Alaskan newspapers and television stations

Video Field Producer, Alaska Video Productions (Arctic Man Ski and Sno Go Classic and the 1000 Mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race)

Sr. Technical Writer/Supervisor, Zehntel, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA

Engineering Technician/Sr. Technical Writer, Sperry Support Services, Benicia, CA

Engineering Technician/Sr. Technical Writer, Western Technical Services, Benicia, CA