cwachtel.com: About

Portrait: Christopher  WachtelhausenAward-winning and internationally recognized photographer Chris M. Wachtelhausen uses long exposures to capture nature’s drama – A dramatic sky with menacing clouds in motion, an eerie nightscape evoking a sense of foreboding, waves crashing the shore lending a glimpse of nature’s power, or a minimalist composition offering the feeling of welcomed serenity or harrowing solitude.

Chris shoots primarily landscapes and waterscapes at night or in otherwise low-light conditions, but has recently extended his focus to the urban setting, mixing in the dramatic theme of cloud movement in the city sky – Hartford Amid Stormy Night and Clouds Over Capital are examples of this.

"Chris nails the technical aspects to landscape photography, creating breathtaking scenes that capture the Earth's topography perfectly." - JPG Magazine


  • Taking a 4 year hiatus from photography was not his intent, however, Chris has been spending more time in the digital studio as the creative director of a market research firm.
  • Chris' Doorway to Heaven was selected as part of the Carriage Barn Arts Center's PHOTO 2013 exhibition, presented by the New Canaan (CT) Society for the Arts, where it will be exhibited from Jan. 23 to Feb. 20, 2013.

  • City Autumn at Night was featured in the December 9, 2012 print edition of The Hartford Courant, the largest daily newspaper in the state of Connecticut.

  • Chris was recently invited to exhibit his work in "International Masters of Photography," a juried annual art photography publication presenting noteworthy photographers from all over the world.

  • Rock Elements and an older piece Icy Branches were exhibited in the Snow & Ice Exhibition at the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Watching The Fog was a finalist in 2011 Photographers Forum's Spring Contest and was published in the book Best of Photography 2011.

  • Sinking Solitude was a "Best Of" selection in JPG Magazine's photo competition themed Minimal in May 2011.

  • Sinking, Corporate Stationary and Clouds on XL were featured in an article on long exposures in the June edition of Expose Magazine, Egypt's first international photography publication.

  • Chris was chosen by celebrated photojournalist Bill Eppridge as one of 50 photographers to exhibit in IMAGES 2011, a photography exhibition at the Fairfield (CT) Museum, where Sinking Solitude was on display in Summer 2011.

  • In May 2011, Chris was a featured photographer in The Focus Project, a collaborative project of Artists' Wanted that works to build new and lasting opportunities for emerging talent.

  • Sinking won a jury award in the Milford Fine Arts Council's Photographic Expo 2011.

  • Chris was selected to exhibit a collection of his Hartford portfolio at the Pumphouse Gallery in celebration of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s "Celebration of Hartford Parks."

  • Two photos -- Moonlit Movement and Eye of Ouranos -- were on display in West Hartford, CT as part of the ArtWalk 2010 exhibition.

  • Chris was a featured artist in New Haven Arts Council's Somewhat of the Wall fine art exhibition in September 2010.

  • Chris' photograph Show's Over, which is seen in his Pleasure Beach book, was exhibited in the Guilford Art Center as part of the IMAGES 2010 annual juried exhibition.

  • The image Shoreline was featured in the April 2010 edition of F-Stop Magazine.

  • He was a finalist in the Outdoor Photographer Nature's Colors Contest for Sunshine on Clouds after Storm.

  • Chris won a Bronze Award in the 2009 International Aperture Awards for Showered by the Heavens.

  • In the 2010 Photographers Forum's Spring Contest, Chris was a finalist with Beacon Beyond City Limits. He was also a finalist in the 2009 contest with Storm Clouds on Hartford, which has also been published in the book Best of Photography 2009.

  • Four of Chris' images were selected as Honorable Mentions in the 2009 International Photography Awards and he won a jury award for his Cracks in the Swiss Alps image at the 2006 International Photo Awards.

  • Chris' photographs have been commissioned for corporate reports and major office buildings in Hartford, CT and have been published in The Hartford Courant multiple times.