Ed Riddell has a long history in the valley and an even longer history as a photographer. Ed originally moved to Jackson Hole in the 1970s to work as a ranger-naturalist in Grand Teton National Park, and pioneered an interpretive photography program for park visitors during this time. Deciding to make Jackson his home, he launched an award-winning advertising agency, together with his wife Lee Carlman Riddell, whose long roster of local, regional, and national clients included the Jackson Hole Land Trust. When Ed and Lee sold their ad agency in 1999, they sought to fulfill a promise to themselves to begin new careers before the age of fifty – with Ed pursuing his passion of fine, contemporary photography and Lee pursuing plein air painting.
Lee joined the View22 project in 2014, contributing a unique painting style focused on the wonderful, intimate details of the natural world as well as thoughtful blog posts and project insights. We were thrilled to have Ed join this year’s View22 project, and paired him with the Valley Springs Swan Ponds property south of town – owned by Teton County and the Wyoming Wetlands Society, many recall its conservation as a community-supported, SPET-funded project completed in the 2000s.