top of page


Award-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. He also travels extensively, photographing large cites, remote locations and everything in between. 

Prints are available for sale. Please contact


  • Doorway to Heaven was selected as part of the Carriage Barn Arts Center's PHOTO 2013 exhibition.

  • Selected by celebrated photojournalist Bill Eppridge as one of 50 photographers to exhibit in IMAGES, a photography exhibition at the Fairfield (CT) Museum for Sinking Solitude.

  • Exhibited 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.

  • Exhibited a collection of his Hartford portfolio at the Pumphouse Gallery in celebration of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s "Celebration of Hartford Parks."

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

  • Featured artist in New Haven Arts Council's Somewhat of the Wall fine art exhibition.

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

  • Exhibited in the Guilford Art Center as part of the IMAGES 2010 annual juried exhibition.

  • Commissioned for corporate reports and major office buildings.



  • ​​City Autumn at Night was featured in the print edition of The Hartford Courant.


  • ​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.


  • ​Sinking, Corporate Stationary and Clouds on XL were featured in an article on long exposures in the June edition of Expose Magazine. 

  • ​Featured photographer in The Focus Project, a collaborative project of Artists' Wanted that works to build new and lasting opportunities for emerging talent.

  • ​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.

  • Bronze Award in the International Aperture Awards for Showered by the Heavens.

  • Finalist with Beacon Beyond City Limits ​in a Photographers Forum's Spring Contest.


  • Storm Clouds on Hartford published in the book Best of Photography.

  • ​Honorable Mentions in the International Photography Awards

  • ​A jury award for Cracks in the Swiss Alps in the International Photo Awards.​


Thanks! Message sent.

bottom of page